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Capital One Cup triumph for John Terry, but Chelsea party on hold

By Robert Jones

Captain John Terry believes Chelsea's "massive" Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham could be the start of something special for the Blues.

Terry's goal on the stroke of half-time put Chelsea in front at Wembley and a Diego Costa shot that deflected in off Kyle Walker 11 minutes into the second half secured a 2-0 win.

The trophy is the first Chelsea have won since Jose Mourinho returned to the club in the summer of 2013, but Terry hopes it is the first of many for the current crop.

Asked how important the win might be for the development of the Chelsea team, Terry said: "That's the first one, it's massive. It meant an awful lot to us (to win the League Cup) in 2004-05 in Jose's first year here.

"That (Sunday's win) could be the start of something very good, but we have to kick on and we have the league to focus on, but it's a great day and a great win today.

"The pressure was there before the game, obviously, but that's what cup finals do to you.

"I thought we played very well, handled the game very well and we're delighted with the win.

"I think it was fairly even first half, second half I thought we controlled it a little bit better and were deserved winners."

Thrilled Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said: "I am really happy. I should start with Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino because he is building a great team. They gave us a great match and I feel sorry for them.

"My players were fantastic. Finals are not for playing they are for winning. We did not have problems.

"They had a couple of chances, but nothing else. We knew we would be dangerous on the counter and we played like we should play a final.

"Man of the match? They are Thibaut Courtois and Filipe Luis, who played fantastic against Liverpool. Man of the match was Andreas Christensen who played well against Shrewsbury. There are more than John Terry because we are a team. I am proud of the guys."

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas also savoured the winning feeling.

"It is always great to have this winning feeling," said the classy Spaniard.

"It's my first trophy at Chelsea so I'm very happy.

"It's going the right way - we have a young team, but also have a good mixture of experience too.

"Spurs had five or 10 minutes in the first half, but overall I thought we were in complete control."

On Chelsea's post-match celebrations he said: "We will stay here at Wembley for a while then get back on the bus to Stamford Bridge, but then we will get into our cars and go home to rest for Wednesday's game against West Ham.

"We want to win the Premier League too - maybe we can have a big party at the end of the season."

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "Maybe Kyle Walker's injury had an effect on the second goal, but I thought it was unlucky.

"Firstly I want to congratulate Chelsea on their victory and also to congratulate my players - they played very well.

"We fought until the final moment and that was important.

"We have a very young group and it was a first final for a lot of our players."

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