Sunday's final between Tottenham and Chelsea promises to be an intriguing affair.
There will be a determination for Chelsea to make amends
If anyone can turn Chelsea's 5-3 January loss into fuel for revenge it's Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese didn't say it in the interviews after the game, but that scoreline would have hurt him, while the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Eden Hazard will not be used to such a result, and therefore eager to make it up to the fans. It would be some surprise if Spurs can cut through the Chelsea defence in a similar fashion, and much will depend on whether the confidence of Kane et al carries through into their Wembley performances, because the Blues players' approach to the final will surely be one of steely determination and retribution.
Tottenham have been poor in defence since their impressive win over Arsenal a few weeks ago. Many of the goals they conceded have come as a result of individual mistakes in the back line, with the 2-0 loss to Fiorentina on Thursday particularly indicative of this. Diego Costa was dangerous in spells of the 5-3 loss in January, scoring the opener and threatening with his no-holds-barred approach. And in Didier Drogba, Chelsea have a player with a superb record against Spurs and an even better record in Wembley finals. The Blues legend has nine goals in nine finals, and will form part of a worrying attacking threat even if it's initially from the bench, against a side sure to be tired from their trip to Italy earlier in the week.
Unless Pochettino chances tact, Tottenham will be weaker between the sticks
Michel Vorm has started every one of Tottenham's League Cup games this season, which is no surprise to some extent, considering that he is an international goalkeeper making do with playing second fiddle to Hugo Lloris. Playing time in the domestic and European cups was almost certainly discussed during transfer negotiations, but given the occasion, Mauricio Pochettino is running a risk by dropping one of the best goalkeepers in the world for a player with just 10 appearances this season, especially after Vorm's mistake in their home FA Cup defeat to Leicester. Spurs' manager has said a decision is already made, but if it's the Dutchman he's gone with, the Tottenham goal is considerably less secure.