Alex Diamond for Bleacher Report:
At this point, Mourinho’s approach to the biggest games and the biggest teams is no secret, even for those with only a passing interest in the tactical side of the game. The Portuguese is perhaps unique among his world-class contemporaries—Pep Guardiola, Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger—in his willingness, even preference, to cede possession and territory to opponents on the big stage, so confident is he that a well-organised defence and precision-engineered counter-attack can and will win through in the end.
On Sunday, yet again, he was vindicated in such beliefs. Chelsea’s opponent, Tottenham Hotspur, enjoyed two-thirds of the possession and spent much of the Capital One Cup in the opposition half. Yet at the final whistle, Spurs found themselves on the end of a convincing 2-0 defeat after goals either side of half-time from John Terry and the aforementioned Costa.