It was meant to be the match Mauricio Pochettino crowned his ascent to the top of management with a piece of silverware. A swing of John Terry’s right boot put a stop to that and Tottenham Hotspur’s first final under the Argentine ended in disappointment.
Their road to Wembley came almost without a hitch, as they pushed aside mainly lower league opposition, with an in-form Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado being crucial in their cup run.
After crashing out of the FA Cup against Leicester City in late January, the League Cup stood as Tottenham’s last hope of winning a trophy. Goals either side of half-time from Chelsea skipper Terry and prolific talisman Diego Costa gave the Blues their first trophy of two that campaign, with success in the league to follow.
On the Spurs teamsheet that day? None other than Ryan Mason, the recently appointed interim boss. The then 23-year-old featured in all but two of Spurs’ matches in the competition, scoring in the third round victory against Nottingham Forest.