Terry inspires Chelsea to League Cup win over Tottenham
With a commanding defensive display and his first-ever cup final goal, evergreen captain John Terry ensured Chelsea would not endure another trophyless season.
The 34-year-old Terry lifted the League Cup at Wembley Stadium following a 2-0 victory over Tottenham almost two years after collecting Chelsea's last silverware in the Europa League. Perhaps more significantly, it gave JosÈ Mourinho the first trophy of his second spell as Chelsea manager.
Terry and goalkeeper Petr Cech were the only players on the Wembley Stadium pitch who also started the League Cup final a decade ago when Mourinho won his first title in England.
"It's difficult for me to live without titles," Mourinho said. "I need to feed myself with titles."
And Terry helped to satisfy Mourinho's hunger. The centre back successfully contained 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."
Victory in the first final of the English season was secured when Tottenham defender Kyle Walker deflected striker Diego Costa's shot into the net in the 56th minute.
The triumph ended the longest trophy drought in Mourinho's managerial career, 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 Premier League. What made yesterday even better for Chelsea was second-place Manchester City losing to leave Chelsea five points in front - now with a game in hand.