Carling Cup Final Preview

The end of the season starts here, with the League Cup Final on Sunday afternoon between Spurs and Chelsea. On paper, this should be a comfortable win for Chelsea, but Spurs don’t often lose cup finals (even though they lost their last one, a League Cup Final against Blackburn Rovers in 2002), and the news that Avram Grant still seems to think that John Terry and Frank Lampard still aren’t fully fit might count in their favour too. I should add that, although I understand the reasons for doing it, it still feels wrong that there should be a cup final of any sort this early in the season. It would be nice if they could shunt it all back a month or so, but I can’t see it happening any time soon. Spurs’ recent history against Chelsea is one of occasional flashes of brilliance punctuating considerably longer periods of being outplayed, throwing leads away and generally doing everything they can to make life as easy as possible for their nouveau riche London rivals. The rivalry between Spurs and Chelsea will never be as intense as that between Spurs and Arsenal (though conversely it has a tendency to be even more poisonous when it does raise its head – this week’s revelation of anti-semitic threats made against Avram Grant may or may not have helped the atmosphere at Wembley...

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