League Cup: Chelsea beats Spurs for 1st title win in 3 years

LONDON (AP) — Captain John Terry led Chelsea to its first trophy in two years on Sunday, scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in the League Cup final.

At the heart of Chelsea’s defense still at 34, Terry helped to successfully contain Tottenham throughout the first half and then made the scoring breakthrough in the 45th minute when his strike took a slight deflection off defender Eric Dier.

“We handled the game well and the pressure well,” said Terry, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

“I don’t see it as my last (visit to Wembley), hopefully there are many more to come for me.”

Chelsea’s first trophy since the 2013 Europa League was secured when another Tottenham defender, Kyle Walker, deflected striker Diego Costa’s shot into the net in the 56th minute.

A decade after Jose Mourinho started his Chelsea managerial career by lifting the League Cup, the competition gave him the first title of his second spell in charge. And it ended his longest trophy drought in management, having last won the 2012 Spanish title with Real Madrid before rejoining Chelsea in 2013.

The Portuguese, who collected the League Cup twice in his 2004-07 Chelsea reign, remains in contention this season to also win for the Champions League and the Premier League. What made Sunday even better for Chelsea was second-place Manchester City losing to leave Chelsea five points in front — now with a game in hand.

“This is the first one and we have to build on it,” Terry said. “Hopefully we can kick on now.”

This article was written by Rob Harris from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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