Mark Lawrenson predicts Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to Sunday’s League Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that Chelsea will win the League Cup final on Sunday.

Premier League leaders Chelsea will take on London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium looking to win their first major trophy in Jose Mourinho’s second managerial spell at the club.

It promises to be hugely entertaining and fiercely competitive game, and Lawrenson backs the Blues to win it 2-0.

“Yes, they (Tottenham) always keep going to the end and got another late goal against the Hammers to rescue a point but they were very poor for most of that game and I think Chelsea will have too much for them,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“If there is one thing we know about Chelsea under Jose Mourinho then it is that for the big games like this one, their big players always put in a big performance. I do not expect things to be any different on Sunday.”

Big-game mentality

While Lawrenson is right in claiming that the Chelsea players step up in the big games, Tottenham have also shown this season that they can turn on the style against the better teams.

In fact, Mauricio Pochettino’s side defeated the Blues 5-3 at White Hart Lane in the Premier League on New Year’s Day.

It was arguably Chelsea’s worst performance of the season in the league, although one suspects that Spurs will not be able to score five against their London rivals on Sunday.

Chelsea will indeed be favourites to win the League Cup final, but Spurs have shown time and time again that they can score late goals and stage comebacks.

Even if the Blues go ahead at Wembley, they must not become complacent. Tottenham will not be making it easy for them.

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