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Summary

  1. Chelsea win 2015 League Cup
  2. First Chelsea trophy since Mourinho return
  3. Highlights on League Cup Show later

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That is all from me for this evening.

    Thanks for your company and enjoy the end of your weekend. For more reaction to Chelsea's cup final win and Liverpool's victory over Manchester City in the Premier League join BBC Sportsday from 08:00 GMT on Monday on the BBC Sport website.

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    606 phone-in

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Over on BBC Radio 5 live,606 is in full swing.

    Coco, a Spurs fan, says: "Today was a combination of fatigue and tiredness. I think the manager is to blame."

    Jack, another Spurs fan, says: "I can't agree with Coco, I would say Mauricio Pochettino has rotated the team quite a lot."

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  3. Coming up on TV

    MOTD2

    BBC Sport

    You can watch highlights of today's Premier League games on Match of the Day - today it's on at 22:30 on BBC One, and from 23:30 for viewers in Scotland.

    And of course there will be highlights of the Chelsea v Tottenham League Cup final on The League Cup Show, on BBC One from 23:35 and from 00:35 in Scotland.

  4. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Chelsea captain John Terry: "We're delighted to win it. It means a lot to us, I thought we deserved the trophy today. It means a great deal to us all. There is no better feeling, believe me. Spurs like to press, they're a good side but I thought we dominated today.

    "It is the start of something. We always said we had to win trophies to be up there with the great sides. Back in 2004 and 2005 it inspired us and kicked us on, hopefully this will do the same. We've got a great squad, with some great young players, and hungry and experienced players too. It's a great mix."

    On Liverpool beating Manchester City earlier this afternoon: "Did they win? Listen it is great result for us but our focus was fully on the game today."

  5. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "You are never too old to celebrate, you don't have enough trophies not to celebrate. For me this is 24 but I am like a kid with the first one. Now I blow kisses to everyone that is happy because we are happy, but this is quick, there is no time for big celebrations, let's go home. I have the hat-trick of League Cups and it is nice to have it. Museum, history, but we have to go on and chase another one.

    "Finals are not to play, finals are to play strategically well, for the players to feel comfortable on the pitch. Without Nemanja Matic we had to find again a certain balance, we did that and the team was really compact, they had control of the game really well."

    On Manchester City's defeat away to Liverpool in the Premier League earlier today: "It is better for us that City loses the match but I told the players this morning we have enough with the final. Forget the Premier League and concentrate on the big final."

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    Petr Cech

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: Happy day.

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    Chelsea FC: Jose said Nemanja Matic made the speech in the dressing room before the game, and used his pain to motivate his team-mates.

  8. The new Desailly?

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Apparently Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has called Kurt Zouma "our new Marcel Desailly" in the post match news conference.

    High praise indeed and he isn't the first to liken the Frenchman to his compatriot. Read here.

  9. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Cesc Fabregas kisses the Capital One Trophy

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, speaking to Sky Sports: "For games like this you want your best players to perform and Diego Costa did it very well. We are still in the race for two big trophies so hopefully we can make it."

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech: "Every cup win is special. You always want to win the finals, you never want to lose in a final. We are delighted we beat a very good Tottenham side. Hopefully we will add more trophies for Jose Mourinho and for the club. Winning trophies in the middle of the season boosts confidence for upcoming games."

    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba: "The most important thing today was the trophy. It is another step forward. We have this confidence that we lost a little bit in previous weeks, we have it back and hopefully we can do well for the rest of the season."

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa: "I hope it is the first trophy of many. I feel very proud and happy. The second goal? Of course [I scored it]. Who else?"

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea players with League Cup trophy

    Chelsea FC on Twitter: "Celebrations inside the changing room!"

  11. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino: "Maybe Kyle Walker's injury had an effect on the second goal - but I thought it was unlucky.

    "Firstly I want to congratulate Chelsea on their victory and also to congratulate my players - they played very well.

    "We fought until the final moment and that was important. We have a very young group and it was a first final for a lot of our players."

  12. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas: "It is always great to have this winning feeling. It's my first trophy at Chelsea so I'm very happy. It's going the right way - we have a young team but also have a good mixture of experience too.

    "Spurs had five or 10 minutes in the first half but overall I thought we were in complete control."

    On Chelsea's post-match celebrations: "We will stay here at Wembley for a while then get back on the bus to Stamford Bridge. But then we will get into our cars and go home to rest for Wednesday's game against West Ham. We want to win the Premier League too - maybe we can have a big party at the end of the season."

  13. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    No party for Chelsea this evening. Cesc Fabregas tells the media it is back on the coach to Stamford Bridge and then back home in their cars. A trip to West Ham up next for the Premier League leaders on Wednesday.

  14. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 at Wembley

    "The idea of putting Kurt Zouma in midfield was the right decision, Christian Eriksen hardly kicked the ball and that was because Zouma was brilliant. He has suddenly become a huge part of this group."

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Richard Clarke: How good has John Terry been for Chelsea again? Solid defence and a goal. Has any other player in history served his club so well and for so long?

    Matt, Torquay: As outstanding as Harry Kane is, you need a game-changer in games like this. We simply don't have one.

    Adeniyi Akinyemi: Kurt Zouma has just shown Jon Obi Mikel the exit door.

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  16. Manager reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am really happy. I should start with Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino because he is building a great team. They gave us a great match and I feel sorry for them.

    "My players were fantastic. Finals are not for playing they are for winning. We did not have problems. They had a couple of chances but nothing else. We knew we would be dangerous on the counter and we played like we should play a final.

    "Man of the match? They are Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis, who played fantastic against Liverpool. Man of the match was Andreas Christensen who played well against Shrewsbury. There are more than John Terry because we are a team. I am proud of the guys."

  17. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chlsea

    Tottenham will point to the 63% possession they had but they had to do more with it. Chelsea just soaked the pressure up and hit them on the break.

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    PJC, Essex: Chelsea were tactically better but they killed the game to win. Not a classic cup final at all.

    TH21: Love to see John Terry lifting the trophy with Dider Drogba like he did with Frank Lampard.

    Kwasi Boafo: A very good day for Chelsea - winning the League Cup and Manchester City losing. Wonderful.

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  19. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Chelsea were in complete control, they didn't give Spurs fans anything to sing about. We did see Jose Mourinho come out of his technical area, sort of saying to the crowd: 'My team are giving you a trophy, give us something back'. The atmosphere was a little dull."

    No lack of atmosphere now as the Chelsea fans join in with the 'Liquidator' song. The Tottenham supporters are long gone.

  20. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    And now for the obligatory team dive. Surely someone can come up with some original cup final celebrations?

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  22. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Former Chelsea & Scotland winger Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "As each of the Chelsea players lift the trophy, they will feel they can all do that again together now, and you would not bet against them would you?"

  23. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Jose Mourinho is absolutely loving this. First, he throws himself to the ground in front of the obligatory team photo on the stage back on the pitch. Before joining in the jumping around on the back row.

  24. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill: "Fantastic. This sets up a good finish to the season. Against our local rivals, clean sheet, we've won the cup, it's an amazing feeling. They made it tough, they had a couple of chances in the first half but the skipper stood up for us with the goal, Diego was superb, and every single player on the pitch gave 100%.

    "This is what you get when you work hard, and it's special for me too because I've never won the League Cup before. We were aware of the Premier League results from earlier today but it didn't affect us. We knew we had a job to do. Kurt Zouma for such a young lad to come in to the team, he's been fantastic, and he played an unfamiliar position today. He's a great boy, a fantastic talent."

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Akinpelu Kayode A: Chelsea have effectively won two trophies today. Second presentation in May. Jose's selection and tactics? Spot on.

    Adam Smith: Spurs have nothing to be ashamed about, undone by one lucky deflection. Played miles better than they would have last season.

    John Southworth: Love him or loathe him Mourinho is a tactical genius! Did anyone predict Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill to both start?

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  26. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jose Mourinho

    Does Jose Mourinho go and celebrate with his team after winning the League Cup final? No, he gives Mrs M a call...

  27. CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    John Terry lifts the trophy

    John Terry and Didier Drogba lift the League Cup trophy to the roar of the Chelsea fans. The celebrations will go on long into the night.

  28. Post update

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    Former Chelsea & Scotland winger Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "You can see it is a big relief to Jose Mourinho. He has gone longer than he has felt comfortable without a trophy. These are new players who have not won anything at the club before and they want it to be the start of a new dynasty. Having watched it today, it may well be one. And considering the results in the Premier League earlier today, that new dynasty could be quite successful come the end of the season."

  29. Post update

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    Here come Chelsea. John Terry leads his side up, followed by Didier Drogba. Will the Drog get the chance to lift the trophy with Chelsea's skipper? It could be his final Wembley appearance.

  30. Post update

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    Tottenham's players make the long walk up the Wembley steps, past the League Cup trophy and back down the other side with just a handshake and a loser's medal. A miserable feeling I'm sure.

  31. Player reaction

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    John Terry celebrates

    Chelsea captain John Terry speaking to Sky Sports: "It's the first trophy this season and it's massive. It could be the start of something very good but we have got the league to focus on. I thought we handled the game well and the pressure well. First half it was even but controlled the second half. The manager made it clear from the outset we were out to win this competition."

  32. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "You can see how much winning that meant to Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Lengthy embraces with his backroom staff and clenched fist salutes to Chelsea's celebrating supporters - and then straight on to his mobile to report the good news elsewhere.

    "This was a Capital One Cup Final victory straight from the ideal Mourinho template. Defensive solidity, Tottenham's two main threats in Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen snuffed out and a masterly selection to play Kurt Zouma in midfield in place of suspended Nemanja Matic."

  33. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    The suspended Nemanja Matic is out there in the middle of the celebrations in his full kit... Learnt a few lessons from John Terry perhaps?

  34. Post update

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    Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "That was as close as you are going to get to the perfect final performance from Chelsea. They never looked in danger throughout the game. We didn't see anything from Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen. Petr Cech did not have a meaningful save to make."

  35. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    As is often the case at the end of a cup final, one half of Wembley is almost deserted while the other is packed with jubilant fans. The lap of honour has started for Chelsea as Didier Drogba launches into some strange dance moves.

  36. FULL-TIME

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea players celebrate

    The celebrations start for Chelsea as the final whistle goes. Already the players are bouncing together in the centre circle, while Tottenham's players stare at their laces.

  37. Post update

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    Erik Lamela swings in a corner from the right but the ball is hacked clear. Tottenham come forward again but Danny Rose concedes a goal kick and Jose Mourinho starts punching the air.

  38. Post update

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    Last push for Spurs...

  39. SUBSTITUTION

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    Didier Drogba

    Here comes Didier Drogba for Chelsea. He has scored in all eight of his Wembley appearances for the Blues - barring charity shields - but surely that record won't continue. He replaces Diego Costa.

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Dave Lewis: Got to say, fair play to Jose Mourinho. Three centre-backs and Petr Cech in goal has paid off.

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  41. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea fans singing 'Jose Mourinho' as their boss nears his first trophy back at Stamford Bridge. Four minutes of injury time signalled. Corner Tottenham but Roberto Soldado heads wide.

  42. Post update

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    Tottenham fans are leaving Wembley Stadium. They know their race is run as we enter the last minute.

  43. Post update

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    A Harry Kane cross is cleared by Branislav Ivanovic as Tottenham pile forward...

  44. Post update

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    Former Chelsea & Scotland winger Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "That is classic John Terry. Harry Kane has waited all game for that opportunity, and when it comes, Terry is there with a superb tackle.

    "Spurs are taking massive chances now. Just a moment ago Cesc Fabregas almost intercepted the ball and it would have been four against two for Chelsea."

  45. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea playing down the clock as Oscar replaces Cesc Fabregas. A round of applause from Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

  46. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Spurs having plenty of the ball around Chelsea's box but, so far, it is coming to nothing. Good chance for Harry Kane as he slips inside Gary Cahill but John Terry brilliantly slides in to divert his shot side. The corner comes to nothing.

  47. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea are totting up the bookings as Juan Cuadrado is cautioned for a sliding tackle on Danny Rose. They won't care.

  48. Post update

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    Former Chelsea & Scotland winger Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "Kurt Zouma has looked really comfortable today. There is a good shout for him to get man of the match, he is like two signings for Chelsea. Only once did Christian Eriksen manage to get past him and when he did there were three more Chelsea players waiting for him.

    "Over the last few seasons, when Chelsea have had to kill a game and soak up pressure, they have been fabulous at doing that."

  49. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Still eight minutes to go but Spurs need something and quick.

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Paul Moore: Roberto, no more messing around. Time for a couple of lucky scuff goals. All will be forgiven.

    VC Aneke: Tottenham have simply succumbed to superior firepower!

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  51. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Credit Spurs, they are giving this a real go. Harry Kane's low cross from the right is totally missed by Branislav Ivanovic but Nacer Chadli doesn't read it and the ball flies past him at the far post.

    Last throw of the dice for Spurs as striker Roberto Soldado comes on for Nacer Chadli.

  52. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Former England & Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "It's getting harder and harder for Spurs to get back in this game. Mousa Dembele hasn't made much of an impact since coming on, and I've been really impressed with how Chelsea have ramped it up in the final third. Spurs need somebody to produce something special."

  53. CLOSE!

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Cesar Azpilicueta

    Cesar Azpilicueta is back on the pitch, bandaged up, and Spurs almost level from the corner. Harry Kane gets the slightest flick on the ball but Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela are unable to add the finishing touch at the far post.

  54. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Better from Tottenham as they push forward, They force a corner with Chelsea still down to 10 men. Juan Cuadrado replaces Willian in midfield for the Blues.

  55. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen fools everyone by chipping the ball to the back post but Eric Dier is penalised for climbing all over Cesar Azpilicueta. The Chelsea man has blood pouring from the back of his head and needs treatment with his side playing on with 10 men.

  56. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Another booking as Gary Cahill is harshly cautioned for bringing down Harry Kane 35 yards from goal. Spurs line up the free kick...

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    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Tim Arstall: Painfully unlucky for Kyle Walker, hate to see those kind of goals in a cup final.

    Adam Cornish: The fact that Harry Kane has hardly been mentioned says just how solid Chelsea have been.

    Dax Fullbrook: Is anyone playing in the Spurs middle this second half? Kane not getting anything.

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  58. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea v Spurs

    Willian is cautioned for flicking out a leg and tripping Danny Rose on the halfway line.

    Ryan Mason is replaced by Erik Lamela in the Spurs midfield. Can his creativity get Tottenham back into this?

  59. Stat attack

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Opta: Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last six cup finals before today. Hope for Spurs.

  60. Post update

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    And still Chelsea push. Eden Hazard's delicate chip looks to be heading towards an unmarked Cesc Fabregas at the far post but Danny Rose gets the faintest touch on the ball, diverting it onto Fabregas and wide. Can Spurs stem the tide?

  61. Post update

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    Former Chelsea & Scotland winger Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "That was brilliant from Eden Hazard. He's not been having his best day but we saw a little bit of genius there (see 65 mins), very close indeed. It looks like a 4-5-1 from Chelsea, with the five midfielders very deep when Spurs are in possession. You do feel that Spurs would get such a lift with a goal but Chelsea are looking comfortable, and they're dangerous on the break."

  62. Post update

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    Mauricio Pochettino looks a miserable man. His side are 2-0 down in a cup final, he is absolutely soaked and Chelsea look in the mood for more.

  63. Post update

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea are toying with Spurs now. Willian, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard play a bit of keep ball on the left wing before the latter cuts inside and curls a sumptuous shot inches wide.

  64. Post update

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    Former England & Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    Chelsea v Tottenham

    "Tottenham were unlucky with the deflection off Kyle Walker for Diego Costa's goal (see 56 mins) but Chelsea do seem to have had the calmer heads in attacking positions today. Spurs need to get Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane involved more - we've seen very little from them."

  65. SUBSTITUTION

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham

    Mousa Dembele replaces right winger Andros Townsend for Tottenham. He appears to be playing just behind Harry Kane with a narrower three behind them.

  66. Post update

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    Diego Costa

    Tottenham fans might just be losing a little bit of that faith I was talking about (see 54 mins). This is a huge task for their side now.

    Diego Costa hasn't scored since 17 January for Chelsea and, despite celebrating it as if it was his own, that probably won't be given to him either. I'm not sure Kyle Walker will want it mind.

    The rain is pelting down at Wembley.

  67. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "It was a lovely ball into Diego Costa from Cesc Fabregas in a dangerous area, but Costa got lucky - he needed the deflection off Kyle Walker. But that is what good strikers do. They buy a ticket, and sometimes they win the prize. Is Costa going to be the new Didier Drogba, who turns up for the big occasions? Looks like that might be the case."

  68. GOAL

    Chelsea 2-0 Tottenham - Kyle Walker (OG)

    Diego Costa scores as his shot is deflected off Kyle Walker

    Another deflection and another Chelsea goal. Cesc Fabregas slips Diego Costa in on the inside left channel inside Spurs' penalty area and the Spain striker fires across goal and into the net, via a huge deflection off Kyle Walker. Has to go down as an own goal.

  69. Post update

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham fans should keep the faith as they have history of coming from behind to beat Chelsea in the League Cup final. Remember 2008? 1-0 down before winning the trophy thanks to Jonathan Woodgate's extra-time winner. Dimitar Berbatov levelled for them back then on 70 minutes from the penalty spot.

  70. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "If I was Mauricio Pochettino I'd bring Nacer Chadli in as the number 10 and move Christian Eriksen out wide. That would give Kurt Zouma something to think about. Spurs looked a bit downtrodden towards the end of the first half, but they can't let Chelsea strangle the game and play on the break - we all know they've done it over the years. Spurs need to build up a head of steam."

  71. Post update

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    Jose Mourinho appears to be enjoying himself as he squirts some water towards the television cameras. Always the joker...

  72. ACROBATIC EFFORT

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Looks like the Wembley suits are still enjoying their prawn sandwiches as the second-half start resumes with plenty of empty seats at Wembley. They almost miss a second Chelsea goal as Eden Hazard flashes a shot across goal before Cesc Fabregas's acrobatic overhead kick is kept out by Hugo Lloris.

  73. Post update

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    Kyle Walker

    This could be a big risk by Tottenham. Kyle Walker is clearly hampered by his knee injury but he continues.

    Good start from Spurs as Nacer Chadli plays in Danny Rose but his low shot is easy for goalkeeper Petr Cech.

  74. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Elsewhere today, there were significant results in the Premier League as Manchester City lost 2-1 to Liverpool - meaning Chelsea keep their five point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.

    Arsenal also kept up their push for a top four finish with a 2-0 win at home to Everton.

    The teams are back out at Wembley and Kyle Walker remains on the pitch. He appears to still be limping though. Game on.

  75. The curse of Torres?

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    The Sun on Sunday believes it has solved Chelsea striker Diego Costa's recent goal drought - he is living in the "cursed" former home of £50m Blues "flop" Fernando Torres.

    A Chelsea spokesman said Costa, who hasn't scored since 17 January, did not feel jinxed by the house.

  76. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    Chelsea v Spurs

    "If you're a Spurs fan your heart sinks just now. So much of the play has been with Spurs, they've been so brave to play at a high tempo, but Chelsea's game plan has been so obvious. Deny Christian Eriksen space, and get the ball into the box on set-pieces. It's a big job now for Mauricio Pochettino."

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    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Uzair Amanat: Park the bus. Easy win for Chelsea if they follow the game plan.

    Matt Cartwright: Spurs don't deserve to be one down at half-time but we've come back so many times this season to win games.

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  78. Post update

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    Stats

    If you are a Tottenham fan, you will consider yourselves very unfortunate to be behind. Spurs have had more shots and more possession but it is Chelsea with the advantage that matters.

  79. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    MOTD presenter and former Tottenham striker

    John Terry gives Chelsea the lead. He's still comfortably England's best central defender. #justsaying

  80. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "The plan by Jose Mourinho is working. Chelsea have been second best for most of this game but with players like John Terry, Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovic in the box, they cause mayhem at set-pieces. Terry can finish with both feet, and he showed it again there. This is what Chelsea have played for."

  81. Stat attack

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Opta: Chelsea take the lead in the Capital One Cup Final with their first shot on target of the game.

  82. Post update

    We apologise to those who took part in our vote earlier, but due to a technical issue we are unable to bring you the result of the vote.

  83. HALF-TIME

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    They get their wish but Tottenham might consider themselves fortunate to finish the half with 11 men as Eric Dier, already on a booking, catches Diego Costa again. It is missed by the officials.

  84. GREAT SAVE!

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham need half time as they almost fall behind. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has to be alert to keep out Branislav Ivanovic's header across goal.

  85. GOAL

    Chelsea 1-0 Tottenham - John Terry

    John Terry scores

    Terrible defending by Tottenham and Chelsea captain John Terry fires his side into the lead. Willian's free kick from the right, brushes off Danny Rose's head, falls into the path of Terry and the defender shoots into the net, via a deflection of Harry Kane.

  86. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "Tottenham have grown stronger and stronger as this half has gone on and they will feel they deserve a goal before half-time. For Chelsea, Eden Hazard is having a really tough time of it out there. Spurs wouldn't want anybody to come off injured of course, but you have to say well done to Kyle Walker."

  87. Post update

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    Kyle Walker does not look comfortable as he bids to play out the remainder of the first half. I'm not sure we will see him after the break though.

  88. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    A wild shot from Ryan Mason 25 yards out and those fans in the top tier at Wembley behind the goal get a rare touch of the ball. Both sets of players need a bit more quality in the final third.

    Concern for Spurs as right back Kyle Walker goes down holding his knee. Federico Fazio is warming up...

  89. Post update

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    This is more like a basketball match at the moment - without the handballs obviously - as the teams take it in turns to break forward. Not many real chances yet but both sides look dangerous on the break.

  90. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "Kurt Zouma is so quick. He just zooms - you can't help but say it, and that is what he did on Christian Eriksen just now (see 34 mins). Eriksen got away from him, but Zouma just caught him up. He's as fast as any footballer I know."

  91. Post update

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    Kevin Kilbane

    Match of the Day summariser at Wembley Stadium

    Eric Dier is shown a yellow card

    "One thing we can safely say now is that Diego Costa will target Eric Dier. Can the Chelsea striker further wind up the Tottenham defender now he is on a yellow card and get him to react?"

  92. Post update

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "In the absence of anything resembling a goalscoring opportunity, we can at least rely on Chelsea's Diego Costa to keep the pot boiling at Wembley. Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb was unhappy with a hand-off, then a quick ruck with Kyle Walker and on to a collision with Eric Dier, who goes into the book for a foul on Costa. And Chelsea's striker seems to love every second of it."

  93. Post update

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    Tottenham are trying to take advantage of Kurt Zouma's inexperience as a defensive midfielder and are not doing a bad job of it, with Christian Eriksen bursting past him on several occasions.

  94. Text us on 81111

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    Martin, Petts Wood: Ronnie Whelan's curler against Manchester United? Was it 1983? Fantastic!

    Terence O'Keeffe: Arsenal 1 - 3 Swindon 1969 final. Sweet. One acceptable piece of STFC history.

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  95. YELLOW CARD

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    That has been brewing. Eric Dier gets a yellow card for a late tackle on Diego Costa. Harsh booking for the Tottenham defender.

  96. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "Diego Costa, with his chest puffed out, has been winding the Spurs defenders up, and they are reacting. That's what he wants, but he does push things to their limit at times. He put his hand in Nabil Bentaleb's face, but he didn't strike him.

    "Costa certainly hasn't been looking as sharp as he was before his three-match ban though."

  97. Handbags

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea v Spurs

    A rare lull in proceedings is halted as Diego Costa again gets involved in a bit of fisticuffs. The striker flails his arm towards Nabil Bentaleb and connects with the Tottenham man flush in his face. Tottenham's players are furious, with Kyle Walker bumping into the striker, but nothing doing.

  98. Post update

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    Stunning stuff from Willian as he again breaks for Chelsea before sending a diagonal pass into the path of the marauding Eden Hazard. The Belgian cuts back onto his right foot inside the penalty area but his goal bound shot is well blocked by Eric Dier.

  99. Text us on 81111

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    Michael and Michael, Oxford: We're two teachers, one Chelsea fan, one Spurs. Loser has to wear opposition scarf at work tomorrow. Teams are not just playing for the cup, it's our professional reputation at stake!

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  100. Post update

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    Danny Rose shoots

    A brilliant driving run from Danny Rose. The defender controls the ball with his chest at the halfway line before sprinting down the left flank. His shot though is a let down as he drags the ball well, well wide. A busy start for the Tottenham defender.

  101. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Today we're asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory.

    Sam Heaton: My best League Cup final memory was in 2006 when 27,000 Wigan fans serenaded Cardiff city centre with 'give me pie on a barm'.

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  102. Post update

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    Willian shoots

    Willian's strike hits the top of the wall and Danny Rose completes the clearance for Tottenham.

  103. Post update

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    Dangerous position for Chelsea as Danny Rose flattens Eden Hazard 25 yards from goal. Willian to take...

  104. Post update

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    Kevin Kilbane

    Match of the Day summariser at Wembley Stadium

    "Christian Eriksen is Tottenham's dangerman and Kurt Zouma is trying to stay with him at the moment. But it is a danger for Chelsea when Zouma finds himself dragged out to the left or right."

  105. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "I did a piece for the BBC Sport website about Harry Kane. He always, always shoots across the goalkeeper when he's outside the box, and already Petr Cech anticipated one (see 11 mins) and gathered easily. But the interesting thing will be to see whether Kane can successfully adapt his game in the future.

    "A lot of the talk has been about Kane but whenever Christian Eriksen gets the ball Kurt Zouma is on to him like a shot."

  106. Post update

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Tottenham's usual suspects are providing the early optimism - Harry Kane running at defenders and testing Chelsea keeper Petr Cech while Christian Eriksen has bounced a free-kick off the bar. Mauricio Pochettino is demanding another high tempo performance from Spurs, while Chelsea striker Diego Costa is, to no-one's great surprise, already showing flashes of aggression."

  107. Post update

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    A hefty challenge by Ramires on Danny Rose sends the full back flying over his shoulder. No yellow card but he will have to be careful now.

  108. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Tottenham are on top now. Ryan Mason unleashes an absolute thunderbolt from 20 yards but the shot is blocked. Chelsea immediately break as Willian pulls the ball back to Eden Hazard and his curling effort from just outside the penalty area flies wide.

    Both teams looking dangerous early on.

  109. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "The free-kick (see 10 mins) came after a poor challenge from Cesc Fabregas - not normally noted for his tackling. There wasn't a better centimetre on the field for Christian Eriksen to shoot from. Petr Cech was beaten, but oddly he seemed to let it go - that would have been serious confidence."

  110. Post update

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    Harry Kane shoots

    Harry Kane turns with the ball in his own half, shows John Terry a clean pair of heels as he advances 40 yards, before shooting low at goalkeeper Petr Cech from 20 yards.

  111. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Christian Eriksen takes a free-kick

    Chance for Tottenham as Harry Kane is scythed down by Cesc Fabregas 25 yards from goal.

    Christian Eriksen takes a few steps back, runs up to the ball, and curls it against the cross bar. Great effort.

  112. Post update

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    Hugo Lloris was in all sorts of trouble there. Branislav Ivanovic's looping cross is heading towards John Terry's head at the back post but the retreating Tottenham goalkeeper just about gets back to palm the ball away. Ivanovic heads the resulting corner wide.

  113. Post update

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    Kevin Kilbane

    Match of the Day summariser at Wembley Stadium

    "That's what Diego Costa wants - he wants that physical challenge straight away. He wants it to get himself up for the game."

  114. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "Anytime anything happens Diego Costa is usually involved isn't he? He likes to put himself about. But opposition players shouldn't get wound up, because that's what Costa wants to happen."

  115. Post update

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    Eric Dier of Spurs and Diego Costa

    Lovely interplay between Diego Costa and Ramires around Tottenham's box but the latter's shot is blocked.

    Seconds later a few handbags on show as Diego Costa reacts angrily to a fair tackle by Eric Dier inside the penalty area. Costa involved in a bit of a scrap? Never.

  116. Post update

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    Tottenham fans

    Tottenham fans making themselves heard with a rendition of 'when the Spurs go marching in' as their side enjoy a bit of pressure themselves. Danny Rose almost works a shooting opportunity before being crowded out on the edge of the penalty area.

  117. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at Wembley

    "Since their 5-0 win over Swansea, Chelsea have been very cautious. I think they will play on the break. You might have thought Chelsea would be favourites, but I don't think that is how the game is going to play out from the start.

    "Spurs are strongest in the area where Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane link up. That is where Nemanja Matic would have played, and it looks like that is where Kurt Zouma will play. I thought it could have been Gary Cahill."

  118. Post update

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    An early half chance for Chelsea as Willian crosses from the left and John Terry heads well over the bar. Good start.

  119. LINE-UPS

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Cahill, Fabregas, Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard. Subs: Courtois, Filipe Luis, Ake, Oscar, Cuadrado, Drogba, Remy.

    Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Davies, Fazio, Dembele, Stambouli, Lamela, Soldado.

    Referee: Anthony Taylor

  120. KICK-OFF

    Chelsea 0-0 Tottenham

    So it looks as though Gary Cahill is not playing central midfield for Chelsea after all, with Kurt Zouma lining up to play there instead. Still a brave call by boss Jose Mourinho.

    The Portuguese kisses a chain - presumably for luck - as we get under way.

  121. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Two teams walk out from the tunnel

    This must be the bit all players hate as they are introduced to the dignitaries on the pitch. The obligatory handshakes are completed before a children's choir lead the crowd in a chorus of the national anthem. Too many foreign players in both teams for a strong effort by the players - but Harry Kane gives it a blast.

  122. Coming up on BBC radio

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra has full match coverage of the League Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham, a 16:00 GMT kick-off at Wembley this afternoon. You can also listen to the second half on BBC Radio 5 live.

    And later this evening you can have your say on all the big football stories on 606 with Ian Wright and Kelly Cates from 18:06 on BBC Radio 5 live.

  123. Post update

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    Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    "We've got a a full Wembley stadium, they've put on a great show for us and a lot of teams will be watching on thinking: 'I wish I was there.' I'm delighted Nacer Chadli is starting for Tottenham. He has really kicked on from last year. Andros Townsend knows this pitch well, and because of the size of it teams can struggle to get close to him."

  124. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Managers Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino engage in a warm embrace in the tunnel before the teams walk out onto the field. Flags are waved, scarves are held as the sides are greeted by a fantastic atmosphere. Not long now.

  125. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Today we're asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory.

    Tony Boxford: Best League Cup final memory was Ashley Grimes crossing for Brian Stein to score a late winner for Luton against Arsenal on a sunny day in 1988.

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  126. Stat attack

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Only one of the last 11 League Cup finals has seen fewer than three goals scored. That was Manchester United's penalty shootout win against Spurs in the 2009 final.

  127. Post update

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "In an attempt to provide something even more surreal than a Champions League Final pre-match ceremony, today's sponsors have attached a female gymnast to a large balloon while holding the famous old League Cup Trophy. Fine effort - but still not a patch on the Champions League Final nonsense."

  128. Battle of the bosses

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    Graphic comparing Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino

    Show us your trophies then. On second thoughts…

    Mauricio Pochettino is still searching for his first bit of silverware as a manager but, after impressive spells at Espanyol and Southampton, you get the feeling the Spurs boss has plenty of good times to come.

    Jose Mourinho on the other hand would need a van to transport his trophy collection. You name it and Jose has won it - probably more than once - including two past League Cup triumphs.

    Hat-trick time?

  129. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    The pre-match build-up is cranking up as a girl, dressed as a ballerina, is tied to a giant football and launched in the air. It is a little bit like the children's film 'Up' as she floats through the sky. Not sure of the relevance but impressive stuff all the same.

  130. Chelsea's late problems

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    A look at this season's statistics offers Spurs an insight into how best to beat Chelsea. The longer they are in contention, the greater their chance of victory.

    Tottenham have scored more late goals than any other Premier League team this season...

    Graphic showing goals scored by Spurs and Chelsea in the final 10 minutes of games

    ...while Chelsea have been the league's most vulnerable side in the closing 10 minutes of matches.

    Graphic showing that Chelsea have conceded a higher percentage of their goals in the final 10 minutes of Premier League games this season than any other team
  131. 'Mourinho a master of deflection'

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Former England defender Danny Mills

    Football Focus

    "Jose Mourinho's TV interviews after last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Burnley are what we've come to expect. He does it every time and we buy it every time. Who are the fools? It's ridiculous. Every time there's a bad result, we never talk about that. It's always about what Mourinho said, who's been sent off, what quote has he come out with. He's the master of deflection. We buy it every single time."

  132. Post update

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Crystal Palace boss Neil Warnock on how Chelsea will approach the Capital One Cup final:

    "Jose will want to get that first bit of glory since he came back to Chelsea. He'll have learned a lot from that trouncing from Spurs and they'll be a lot harder to beat. They will have a game plan to stifle them and will come out on top.

    "That defeat by Spurs (5-3 on New Year's Day) will work to Chelsea's advantage. Just like the Bradford City FA Cup game (4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge), they took it too much for granted and couldn't change gear, and I can't see that again."

  133. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Hugo Lloris

    "Both sides out warming up at a sunlit Wembley and pitch conditions look absolutely perfect. Jose Mourinho is looking to claim his first trophy since returning to Chelsea at the start of last season while Spurs will not only look to repeat their 5-3 Premier League win over today's opponents on New Year's Day but also the victory in this same final against Chelsea in 2008.

    "Mauricio Pochettino's team had to fly back from Italy late on Thursday after the Europa League exit against Fiorentina - but Liverpool's win against Manchester City today after an even later return from European action suggests this need not be a huge handicap."

  134. Text us on 81111

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Coco, London: Six English players all aged 24 or younger in the Tottenham starting XI today. Same six lads that beat Arsenal. Whatever happens tonight I'm still optimistic about the future!

    Henry, Bristol: Jan Vertonghen has been back to his best. He's a real Rolls Royce defender, he'll need to use every gear in his gearbox to stop Diego Costa today!

    Homage to Basil Brush there Henry?

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  135. Spurs wanted Mourinho

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    This could all have been very different.

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he turned down an approach to join Tottenham after leaving the Blues for the first time in September 2007.

    But Mourinho, whose team play Spurs in Sunday's League Cup final, had an exit clause that prevented him from coaching in England for two years.

    "I couldn't go," he said. "I could not train in England for two years." Asked if he would have considered Spurs, Mourinho added: "No, because I love Chelsea supporters too much."

  136. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho is a cool customer. He appears to be whistling to himself as he watches his Chelsea side being put through their paces. Will he be so cool come kick-off though?

    Talking about Mourinho...

  137. Advantage Chelsea

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    Graphic showing overall record between Chelsea and Spurs since the Premier League began, with Chelsea dominant

    Tottenham fans, look away now.

    The north London club's record against their Stamford Bridge opponents makes dismal reading.

    Spurs once endured a run of 26 games without beating Chelsea until they finally defeated the Blues 5-1 in a League Cup tie in 2002. The run of losses had stretched back 22 years.

  138. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Shaun Farrelly: RE the Chelsea team: I wouldn't be surprised if it's Kurt Zouma playing the Nemanja Matic role and Gary Cahill in defence.

    Could be Shaun. Zouma definitely looks like he's got a bit of versatility, and Jose Mourinho does love a good surprise...

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  139. Spurs team news

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Hugo Lloris

    Not for the first time this season, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino rings the changes following a midweek European jaunt.

    Six faces return after sitting out of the defeat at Fiorentina - but the most eye-catching team news is the inclusion of influential goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

    The Frenchman plays his first match of the League Cup campaign, as Michel Vorm must be content with a place on the Wembley bench.

    Defensive trio Kyle Walker, Eric Dier and Danny Rose all return, alongside midfielders Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend, and top scorer Harry Kane.

  140. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    "Plenty of raised eyebrows after Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team selection - not so much the decision to select Petr Cech ahead of Thibaut Courtois in goal but the fact that the trio of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma are all included. Interesting to see how Mourinho deploys them."

  141. Chelsea team news

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Premier League leaders Chelsea make five changes to the side which started last weekend's home draw against Burnley.

    Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech returns between the sticks after playing the earlier rounds before being replaced by Thibaut Courtois, who sits on the bench, for the semi-final.

    Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta returns at left-back in place of Felipe Luis, while England centre-back Gary Cahill appears to be set for a central midfield role.

    Ramires also joins him in the centre, with Nemanja Matic (suspended) and Oscar dropping out. Brazil attacking midfielder Willian also gets the nod ahead of recent £24m signing Juan Cuadrado.

  142. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Wembley final

    The atmosphere is building at Wembley but no one is ever going to convince me about the merits of half and half scarves. Just wrong.

  143. 'Kane's fitness is key to his improvement'

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Former Tottenham striker Garth Crooks

    BBC Sport

    "All the people I speak to at Spurs have told me that Harry Kane's transformation is down to the fact that his fitness levels have improved dramatically.

    "Tim Sherwood talked to me 12 months before his debut at Spurs about this kid. He was impressed by Kane's work rate, and his ability to get into areas and go for goal. He works relentlessly. He wears you down. For defenders, that's a nightmare."

  144. Kane is able

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    Tottenham 5-3 Chelsea on 1 Jan

    Chelsea know all about the damage Harry Kane can do - having found out at first hand on New Years Day.

    Kane was Spurs' star, scoring two goals, setting up another and winning a penalty too as Spurs won 5-3.

    More of the same would do the Lillywhites nicely this afternoon.

  145. Where the goals could come from

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    Graphic comparing Diego Costa and Harry Kane this season

    Everybody wants a goal scorer don't they? Well, we have two of the best in England this season on show this afternoon - albeit they've come via slightly different routes.

    Diego Costa signed for Chelsea for £32m in the summer for and has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances.

    While Harry Kane has burst on the scene at Spurs, after loan spells at Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester, and scored 24 goals in 37 appearances.

    It would take a brave man to bet against one of these two scoring.

  146. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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    Today we're asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory.

    Mark Hainsworth: Birmingham City in 2011. The result didn't go our way, but the fans were incredible. Never been prouder to support my team.

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  147. Post update

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    Bit of a surprise there. Gary Cahill in centre midfield?

    It is more usual seeing defensive midfielders move the other way but the likes of Jamie Carragher, Ledley King and Vincent Kompany have all been pushed forward to good effect in the past.

  148. Breaking Chelsea team news

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech is given the nod by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho ahead of rival Thibaut Courtois. Centre-back Gary Cahill looks set to start in an unfamiliar midfield role in the absence of suspended Nemanja Matic.

    Chelsea XI: Cech, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Cahill, Fabregas, Willian, Diego Costa, Hazard.

  149. Post update

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Lots of attention focusing on Tottenham's man of the moment Harry Kane ahead of the Capital One Cup Final with Chelsea at Wembley today.

    The 21-year-old's career has been something of a slow burner with loan spells at Millwall, Orient, Leicester City and Norwich - but FA director of elite development Dan Ashworth has watched his development through the ranks for club and country and is delighted with his progress.

    He said: "I think it proves that you don't have to burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old and be in the first team from that very early age. And it's lovely to see players have a different route through and it's certainly lovely to see someone like Harry, who's such a wonderful kid as well - a man now.

    "He's a great person, he's a serious professional, he works so hard whenever he's been away with England and he's been in the system for quite a long time as well. We've been patient with him and Tottenham have been patient with him and he looks like he's in a really good place at the moment, scoring goals in a really successful team and a top team."

  150. Breaking Spurs team news

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Tottenham

    In-form striker Harry Kane, as expected, is restored to the Spurs line-up after starting as a substitute in the Europa League defeat at Fiorentina.

    Spurs XI: Lloris, Walker, Dier, Vertonghen, Rose, Bentaleb, Mason, Chadli, Eriksen, Townsend, Kane.

  151. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Felipe Luis and Oscar on the Wembley pitch

    Chelsea FC on Twitter: "Filipe Luis and Oscar inspect the pitch shortly after arrival."

    Couple of things of note in this picture - firstly that Oscar's got his shirt untucked. On cup final day? Another sign clubs don't take the League Cup seriously? And secondly, they're pointing at something of interest up in the stands, but seem to be fine with that giant floating ball on the pitch...

  152. Liverpool leading the way

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    pie

    Tottenham and Chelsea are no strangers to League Cup success.

    Both have lifted the trophy four times in the past and, whoever wins today, will move alongside Aston Villa at second in the all-time list of winners.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has already won this competition twice with the Blues.

    There is still some way to go to catch Liverpool's eight mind.

  153. Post update

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    The teams have arrived. Both teams are suited and booted for the occasion with some natty little waist coats being sported by the Chelsea players. It is a more traditional jacket and trousers look for Spurs.

  154. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Today we're asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory.

    Phil, Preston: Blackburn Rovers beating Spurs 2-1 as heavy underdogs in 2002. Andy Cole paid back every penny of his £7m transfer fee with one shot! What a day!

    Brandon, Bradford: Best League Cup memory for me was last year... Manchester City lethargic, Yaya Toure shocking... Then he hit an absolute firecracker into the Wembley goal!

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  155. Post update

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    Chelsea

    Chelsea have put out 31,000 flags for their fans at Wembley today. Hopefully it will only be the supporters that are flagging...

  156. 'Chelsea can cope without Matic'

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    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson

    Football Focus

    "Chelsea can overcome the absence of Nemanja Matic today. You are talking about a top player but Chelsea have so many great players. If Matic was creating all the chances, or if he was somebody like Diego Costa, then maybe it would be more significant, but with a replacement like Ramires they have enough in their team to beat Tottenham."

  157. 'It's a great chance for Tottenham'

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Former England defender Danny Mills

    Football Focus

    "Tottenham were phenomenal when they beat Chelsea 5-3 in the league on New Year's Day. They surprised everyone. They scored some fantastic goals. They were bright and sharp. They've got to approach the game in the same way and attack Chelsea.

    "Nemanja Matic being out is a huge plus for Tottenham. He provides a shield in front of the back four. John Obi Mikel is probably injured as well, so it might be Ramires, it could be Fabregas. It could be a bit of a makeshift guard in front of John Terry and Gary Cahill. It's a great opportunity for Tottenham against a very slightly weakened Chelsea side."

  158. How key is Matic?

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    A quick glance at Chelsea's results without Nemanja Matic anchoring the midfield suggest the Blues might have a bit of a problem.

    Without him they have lost two out of three - including a humiliating FA Cup defeat to Bradford - while with him they have lost just once in 25.

    Matic has made the most tackles in the Premier League this season but, as far as Robbie Savage is concerned, the Blues are still the favourites.

    Read what he has to say here.

  159. No Nemanja

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    One player who won't be gracing the hallowed turf is Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.

    The 26-year-old Serb is serving a two-match ban for reacting to a high tackle from Ashley Barnes in last weekend's draw with Burnley.

    You might have heard about it? If you haven't where have you been?

  160. The view from the Wembley dressing rooms

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    Wembley dressing room
  161. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Today we're asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory.

    Alex, Brighton: Best memory has to be the "Snarling" Cup Final 2007. Feisty game with Arsenal, and Didier Drogba announcing himself as the best striker in the world at the time.

    James Jackson: Easy. Middlesbrough securing their first ever trophy in 2004. Great team, great manager and the start of our Uefa Cup runs!

    Caroline: Leeds United winning against Arsenal 1968. Afterwards went to the theatre in London with a Leeds banner!

    Get in touch using #bbcfootball on Twitter or drop us a line on the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ page.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - but please don't forget to add your name and location.

  162. Is the Europa League a hindrance?

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    Europa League statistics

    Chelsea should be fresher of the two sides, after Tottenham's Europa League exit at Fiorentina on Thursday night.

    Boss Mauricio Pochettino opted to rest striker Harry Kane and midfielder Ryan Mason, but selected an otherwise strong line-up, despite a Wembley final just three days later.

    Having said all that a BBC Sport study shows sides average 1.41 points in matches immediately following a European game - compared to 1.43 in their other league games in the same season - a miniscule difference.

    No excuses there then.

  163. Mixed fortunes for both

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    A quick look at the form guide tells you very little.

    Chelsea have won just twice in their last eight matches in all competitions - including a 1-1 draw at home relegation-threatened Burnley at the weekend.

    While Tottenham have also won just twice in their last eight - with both sides drawing far too many.

    Extra time and penalties then?

  164. Vote

    So who is going to win the first piece of silverware of the English season? You can vote either Tottenham or Chelsea on the right hand side of the page on desktops, or by clicking on the vote tab at the top of the page on mobiles and tablets. The usual Terms and Conditions - which can be seen here - apply.

    The vote will close at 15:45 GMT and the results will be published soon after.

  165. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Joshua King: Standing in the gods at Wembley watching Obafemi Martins score for Birmingham against Arsenal at the death was breathtaking.

    Aaron Jonathan Wood: Way too young to remember but QPR in 1967 2-0 down at HT to WBA and QPR came back to win 3-2. We was a 3rd division team.

    We are asking for your League Cup final memories. Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory, send us your thoughts to #bbcfootball, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

    We also want pictures of where and how you are supporting your team today. Be it from Wembley, or from elsewhere. Send them in.

  166. Possible early team news?

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    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on his Facebook page earlier today: "Matchday Capital One Cup Final (Wembley at 16:00) ChelseaFC - Tottenham. Today someone else man of the match. Let's go guys."

    So could that mean Petr Cech will get the nod ahead of the big Belgian this afternoon?

  167. Post update

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    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

    Will Tottenham end a seven-year trophy drought and win this swanky piece of silverware later...

    Trophy

    ...or will it be Chelsea rocking the Wembley winners' medals at full-time?

    League Cup
  168. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    We want your involvement and thought it would be a good way to kick start the afternoon by asking for your League Cup final memories.

    Be it a favourite goal, a result or a more personal memory, send us your thoughts to #bbcfootball, text 81111 or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

    We also want pictures of where and how you are supporting your team today. Be it from Wembley, or from elsewhere. Send them in.

  169. JP gets a soaking

    Arsenal 0-0 Everton

    Arsenal

    It has not been the best start to the day for Match of the Day commentator Jonathan Pearce.

    While speaking on MOTD2 Extra earlier he got a bit of a soaking from the Emirates sprinklers and, understandably did not look best pleased.

    It is never nice to laugh at another person's misfortune but, we have to admit, the video is pretty amusing. Even Arsenal fans still reeling from the midweek Champions League defeat to Monaco should be able to raise a smile...

  170. Elsewhere on BBC Sport

    There is plenty of other football going on today so why not get a bit of split-screen action going to make sure you don't miss any of it.

    You can follow live text commentary of Arsenal v Everton in the Premier League here, while there is also a live text on the Championship East Anglia derby between Norwich and Ipswich.

  171. Post update

    Liverpool 2-1 Man City

    The Blues get some welcome news pre kick-off though as Manchester City's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool filters through to them. Chelsea are now five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a game in hand. It's theirs to lose now surely?

  172. Unlucky for some

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    That 2008 League Cup final didn't exactly prove lucky for either of today's teams.

    Victors Tottenham are still waiting for another major trophy win, while defeat for Chelsea sparked a heart breaking season end that also saw finish runners-up in both the Premier League and Champions League.

    Jose will hope lightening doesn't strike twice.

  173. Post update

    Chelsea v Tottenham (16:00 GMT)

    Good afternoon. Is today the day Tottenham end their seven-year trophy drought? Or will Jose Mourinho get his hands on some silverware for the first time since returning to Chelsea in the summer of 2013?

    We will bring you live text commentary of every kick, spit and splutter as well as the best from the world of social media and the top pictures from the day.

    Settle down and enjoy. Welcome to cup final day.

  174. We meet again

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    Remember this?

    Jonathan Woodgate

    Chelsea and Tottenham supporters certainly will and now, seven years on, there is a big sense of deja-vu.

    Back in 2008, Spurs won their first major trophy for nine years as Jonathan Woodgate's extra-time goal earned them the League Cup at the expense of Chelsea.

    They haven't won a trophy since - Chelsea have won six.