There really is something very special about Wembley if you are a Chelsea supporter, and yesterday did not disappoint.
Including the Community Shield and FA Cup semi-finals, it was our 19th win at Wembley in 27 appearances, in itself a remarkable record. Two of those defeats came against our 'arch' rivals Tottenham Hotspur, in the FA Cup in 1967 and in the League Cup in 2008.
Suffice to say that Chelsea supporters of a certain age are waking up this morning extremely content that the bogey of never having beaten Tottenham at Wembley has now been laid to rest. I would also imagine that the much missed and lamented 'King of Stamford Bridge' Peter 'Ossie' Osgood is looking down on us with that beguiling cheeky grin at that victory. It was the 9th anniversary of Osgood's untimely death yesterday, so how appropriate that we picked up another trophy, it being that the team which Osgood very much defined, the swaggering 'Kings of the Kings Road' of the '60's and '70's, were the first Chelsea team to enjoy a period of success.
Of course, the last decade (and indeed 25 years) has seen a period of success unparalleled in the club's history. In the Roman Abramovich era we have now won 12 major trophies in 12 years - absolutely staggering. But Chelsea did in fact exist before Roman Abramovich and like other clubs we take our history seriously.
Yesterday saw us win our 5th League cup trophy – with the first being in 1965. Chelsea now sit behind only Liverpool and Aston Villa in third in the all-time League Cup winners list with 5 wins and two defeats, and above clubs such as Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal. The more trophies we win, the more we climb up the ladder of tables such as this, the more we add to our history. Maybe one day others will begin to acknowledge that Chelsea are one of England's great clubs and have earned their place in the pantheon of the elite of English football.
But frankly, Chelsea supporters don't care too much about that. I was there yesterday and the glee with which the fans greeted victory and winning another trophy was palpable. Put simply, Chelsea supporters love winning trophies, and the fact that the Capital One Cup is somewhat snobbishly looked down upon by rival clubs matters not one jot! It is a trophy, and adds to your club's history, and of course, never to be underestimated, it is a great day out.
Chelsea supporters never take winning a trophy for granted. They don't forget the 26 years between 1971 and 1997 they had to wait to win a major trophy having spent years yo-yoing between Division One and Two, and nearly going out of existence in the process.
It appears that the joy in winning trophies is not just confined to the supporters though. Jose Mourinho loves to win trophies, and has a mind-set and tactical approach to deliver just that.
Many pundits and to be honest quite a few supporters were concerned that with Nemanja Matic suspended, Chelsea might struggle to contain a Tottenham side that had run them ragged at the turn of the year in a 5-3 victory. Matic has been the lynchpin of this side and his patrolling in defensive midfield is the key to Chelsea's tactical approach and solidity.
By playing the young and inexperienced Kurt Zouma in Matic's position, Mourinho came up with a tactical masterstroke as Chelsea shackled Tottenham, Erickson and Kane in particular, and bar one or two moments hardly gave them a sniff. Happy to concede possession, Chelsea kept Tottenham at arm's length for most of the game. Of course it helps that the team put in a sterling defensive performance, exemplified by man of the match John Terry, but they were not shy going forward, and in reality could have won by more than the 2-0 margin. It was a lesson by Mourinho in how to win a final.
It was so good to see him take the competition seriously. He knows how important winning the first trophy is after his return to the club; he has been in exactly this position before of course. There is no doubt that he is under immense pressure to deliver – both from himself, by the exceptionally high standards he has set, but also from the owner, whose voracious appetite for trophies beggars belief. Of more significance perhaps is that this was the first trophy for the new Chelsea team which Mourinho began moulding on his return last season.
But there was something different in Mourinho's post match demeanour and celebrations yesterday. Every time Chelsea has won a trophy under Mourinho, he has either seemed aloof, unsurprised, and dismissive almost, or he has been out to make a point. Yesterday he was emotional and clearly ecstatic at the victory as he playfully celebrated with the players after the presentation. There seemed to be a connection to the club, the players and the supporters that we have hitherto not seen from Mourinho. He was enjoying it as much as we were.
Perhaps it adds credence to the view that Mourinho genuinely has come home, and that he is here for the long term. All Chelsea supporters will very much hope so, because if he is, then I suspect that we will see a repeat of those celebrations with an indecent regularity.
And of course the next target is the Premier League – a trophy we have not won now since 2010. For a club like Chelsea that is now considered as far too long. Hopefully, winning a trophy yesterday will fuel the players with the confidence and belief to dig deep over the next couple of months to deliver the 5th title in the club's history. Much as the supporters love winning trophies such as the League cup, it is the Premier League trophy that we covet most of all.
David 'Stamford Chidge' Chidgey presents the award winning Chelsea FanCast TV show and podcast which can be seen every Monday at 19.00 on chelseafancast.com or You Tube or heard at mixlr.com/chelsea-fancast/ or downloaded from ITunes. Follow us on twitter @StamfordChidge and @ChelseaFanCast