Raheem Sterling’s winning penalty denied Maurizio Sarri a trophy in his first final as Blues boss but the manager’s astonishing row with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga stole the headlines.
The Spaniard’s refusal to leave the pitch as Sarri tried to launch a late substitution has been put down to a case of miscommunication by both the manager and player .
but all eyes will be on whether the club’s record signing keeps his place this evening.
Chelsea’s performance at Wembley will have bought Sarri more time following a hugely difficult period in west London.
Defeat to Spurs could undo all that good work, however.
Tottenham’s hopes of maintaining a Premier League title challenge suffered an enormous blow after losing to Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
While Mauricio Pochettino has said the title coming to north London is now out of the question,
he will be seeking an instant response from his side at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri is yet to decide whether to include goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in his team for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Tottenham.
Sarri says he will take the best decision for his team after Kepa was fined one week’s wages for his refusal to be substituted in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Manchester City,
which the Blues lost on penalties, so Willy Caballero could come in.
Team News of Chelsea vs Tottenham
The Blues have a clean bill of health heading into Wednesday’s fixture
but Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hopeful of forcing their way into the starting XI after their bright cameos off the bench at Wembley.
Emerson Palmieri might be confident of keeping his place after his energetic performance – Marcos Alonso didn’t even make the squad with the Brazilian selected ahead of him in yesterday’s final.
Gonzalo Higuain started on the bench on Sunday with Eden Hazard deployed as a false nine.
Ben Davies joined Harry Kane in returning to the Tottenham squad on Saturday – although the Wales international was an unused sub at Turf Moor.
Dele Alli meanwhile continues his recovery from a thigh problem. Eric Dier is also ruled out due to a bout of tonsillitis.
Elsewhere, Mike Dean has been redirected from fourth official duties in Tottenham’s game at Chelsea on Wednesday to avoid any potential for further conflict with Pochettino.
Dean will now be on the touchline at Manchester City v West Ham instead of Stamford Bridge, with Kevin Friend taking his place.
Score prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Tottenham
Line Up of Chelsea vs Tottenham
Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Higuain, Hazard
Tottenham XI: Lloris, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks, Sissoko, Davies, Eriksen, Son, Kane
TV channel and live stream, and online coverage
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage starting from 7.30pm.
BT Sport subscribers will be able to stream the match online via the video player and the BT Sport app.
You can also follow all the action with NewGersy Sport’s LIVE blog from Stamford Bridge.
These two have met 163 times over the years with Chelsea looking for win number 70.
Tottenham have 54 wins to their name.