The first piece of silverware in the English league season is up for grabs when Chelsea meet Tottenham Hotspur in a London derby to savour in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley on Sunday, 1 March. The match will be broadcast live on SuperSport 4 from 5.45pm CAT.
Chelsea will have revenge on their minds after losing to the same opposition in the 2008 decider, when former Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate scored an extra-time winner for a rare piece of Tottenham success under then coach Juande Ramos.
Didier Drogba had given Chelsea the lead that day and he may well play another influential role this time given his love affair with Wembley finals.
The Ivory Coast great has remarkably scored eight times in eight previous appearances on England’s hallowed turf, with no other striker in history managing as many Wembley cup tie goals.
While Chelsea have enjoyed notable success at the home of English football since that 2008 showdown, it is the last time Spurs lifted a trophy of any sort, a long wait for fans of the North London club.
And for Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino the victory would be sweet in a maiden season with the club that has proved difficult at times.
It would be especially pleasing to get a win over Jose Mourinho, who twice won this competition during his first spell with the club in 2005 and 2007