Football: Mourinho hails League Cup win as big step forward for new Chelsea team

Chelsea players celebrate after winning the Capital One Cup. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt "like a kid" after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. --
Chelsea players celebrate after winning the Capital One Cup. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt "like a kid" after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said he felt "like a kid" after claiming the first trophy of his second Stamford Bridge tenure with a League Cup final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

A deflected John Terry strike and a Kyle Walker own goal earned a 2-0 win at a rain-soaked Wembley on Sunday.

It ended a 914-day wait for silverware for the 52-year-old Portuguese - the longest of his managerial career.

"Before the game, I had the same feelings as my first final, I don't know how many years ago. It's important for me to feel the same happiness after the victory.

"It's important for me to feel that I am a kid at 52 years old.

"I know I have a team to build, which is what we are doing, but I feed myself with titles. It's important for me, it's important for the boys.

"But it's the first one of the new team. You have Petr Cech, John Terry, (Didier) Drogba, and after that, everybody belongs to a new generation of players.

"So as a team, very, very important."

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino said he was proud of his team's display and with 21-year-olds Harry Kane and Eric Dier and 20-year-old Nabil Bentaleb among those getting their first taste of a major final, he urged his players to build on the experience.

"We respected our style, our philosophy," said the Argentine who joined Spurs after leaving Southampton at the end of last season.

"For us, I think we need to take a lot of positive things. I think we are a very young squad. I think we are in a good way.

"It's sure that we will play a lot of finals in the next few years."