Thomas Tuchel's Blues cruised past Tottenham in north London, with centre-back Antonio Rudiger scoring the only goal of the Carabao Cup semifinal second leg match.
Rudiger’s goal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was all Chelsea needed to secure a comfortable 3-0 win on aggregate.
Antonio Rudiger says he is enjoying the best time of his career after his goal against Spurs helped Chelsea FC seal a spot in the Carabao Cup final.
The Germany defender’s bundled header in the 18th minute of the semi-final second leg clash helped the Blues beat Tottenham 1-0 (3-0 on aggregate). Chelsea went into the clash on Wednesday night with a two-goal lead and were comfortable throughout, although, Spurs threatened on a few occasions but saw their efforts (two penalties and a Harry Kane strike) ruled out following a VAR review. However, Rudiger, who continues to be linked with a move away from Chelsea, asserted the match while speaking to Sky Sports. "In the home leg, we were in total control. They came back in the second half, like today, and they were more dangerous today because of our lack of focus," the 28-year-old said. "I knew it hit my head! I was hoping it would go in, so it was good. I'm working on getting into better positions. Last time we played here, I scored, so it is good to help the team and it was the most important thing to lead by example."
On whether he thought his tackle on Hojbjerg would stand as a penalty, Rudiger answered: "You never know what could happen, but I was always confident. You can see the footage, he stepped on his own leg and went down. I was calm." When quizzed whether he is at his best right now, he said with confidence: "I am enjoying this chapter. I think it is the best time of my career." Chelsea play Man City in the Premier League this weekend, and Rudiger expects his teammates to be up for the heavy weight clash. "There are a lot of tough games to play. The schedule is getting busier and busier. We have to be up for it," the sought after defender concluded.
Rudiger has been at Chelsea since 2017 and has made 177 appearances for the west London club, winning the Champions League, the FA Cup and the Europa League.