Did you really think Spurs could win?

On Sunday, Chelsea won the final 2-0 thanks to a first-half goal from John Terry and a second half own-goal by Kyle Walker. The thing is though Chelsea were NEVER ever going to lose this game.

Spurs may have beaten Chelsea 5-3 in a League match in January but when it comes to a Cup Final that won't happen. 

Watching the match, and to give Spurs credit they did play well at times but if you watched Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, even though they were not brilliant they did enough to win. To add salt to the wound…..the Chelsea players have that cockiness that all sides have that have a winning mentality built in, something that the rest simply don't have. 

It's as though Chelsea have no doubt in their ability to grind out wins, something that Mourinho installs into every side he coaches, much like Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, when he was in charge.

Mourinho did not lose a home game in nine years until fairly recently and that is something quite astonishing hence that cockiness and never say die attitude that his sides have always had. ‘The Special Ones' players will die on the pitch other than lose for their boss.  

Also… Chelsea are top of the Premiership by five points WITH a game in hand, having only lost twice. Spurs are seventh on the log and 16 points behind The Blues, having lost 8 games.

If Mourinho stays at Chelsea for the next few years they will win a lot of trophies and when I look at Spurs they are thereabouts, but for many years have missed the boat….

In the 1960's and 70's Spurs were winning everything and had a great players like Danny Blanchflower, John White, Dave Mackay, Cliff Jones, Jimmy Greaves and Terry Medwin. Tottenham had major trophy success three seasons in a row in the early 1960s: the Double in 1961, the FA Cup and European Cup Semi-final in 1962, and the Cup Winners' Cup in 1963.

In the 1980's they had a useful side with the likes of key players such as Steve Archibald, Garth Crooks, Glenn Hoddle, Osvaldo Ardiles, and long-serving Steve Perryman who inspired Tottenham to UEFA Cup glory in 1984.

But very little since, other than the transfer of world class winger Gareth Bale, who they sold to Real Madrid for a reported world record transfer fee of £85.3 million in September 2013.

Right now when I look at real class teams in the English Premiership its only Chelsea and Manchester City, which really are the real-deal. Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United are thereabouts too just like Spurs.

AND I say this as a Liverpool supporter.

Give Chelsea their due for now they deserve it.

By Rob Fleming

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