Chelsea have seized control of their League Cup semi-final against Tottenham, beating their London rivals 2-0 in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
Kai Havertz gave the Blues an early lead before an own goal from Spurs defender Ben Davies gifted the hosts their second.
Chelsea will now hope to complete the job in north London next Wednesday, to reach their first League Cup final since 2019.
Thomas Tuchel’s men swamped their visitors right from the kick-off and, after a mix-up in the Spurs defence in the fifth minute, Havertz fired an angled shot that was goal-bound before it went in off the foot of Davinson Sanchez.
Half an hour later, the dominant hosts got their second goal, albeit with a slice of luck, when Japhet Tanganga headed away a Hakim Ziyech free kick, only for the ball to rebound into the net off Davies’ shoulder.
The win dented the hopes of Spurs, under former Chelsea coach Antonio Conte, of winning a first trophy since lifting the league cup in 2008.
In that time, Chelsea have won 12 major trophies including the Premier League three times and the Champions League twice.
Positive COVID-19 test results for Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante were of more concern on the night for Chelsea, who adjusted well for a fully merited victory.
Tuchel restored record signing Romelu Lukaku to the starting XI having dropped him for Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool as punishment for the Belgian saying in an interview that he was unhappy with his role at the club.
Lukaku went close with a first-half header, created a chance for Ziyech after the break which the Moroccan wasted and hit an injury-time shot straight at Hugo Lloris.
The first leg of the semi-final between Arsenal and Liverpool was postponed until next week due to a coronavirus outbreak at the Merseyside club.