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Chelsea have been knocked out of the League Cup after losing a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to Stoke City following a thrilling 1-1 draw at the Britania Stadium.

Chelsea started on the front foot and almost took the lead in the first few minutes as Costa forced a smart save from Butland in the Stoke goal when he attempted a back hell finish from Oscar’s right sided cross.

The travelling Chelsea fans made their support for their team’s under pressure manager early on as Jose Mourinho’s name rang out from the away end of Britania Stadium. They saw their team miss another chance as Costa ran in from the left and his cut back was almost turned into his own goal by Wollschied, and then again when Oscar had a right foot shot tipped over the bar.

Chelsea’s play generally was much better than it has been in previous weeks- Hazard, Costa and Oscar, reintroduced into the team at the expense of Fabregas, linking up brilliantly on a number of occasions. A bad foul on Zouma did not bring a card for Diouf when it should have done, and Chelsea missed the best chance of the game by far just before the half hour when Ramires was put through by Mikel and put the ball into the side netting when he had taken it round Butland.

An injury to Costa meant the Spain striker was taken off after 32 minutes to be replaced by Remy, something sure to be of the utmost concern to Jose Mouirnho.

For the home side’s part,  their best opening came ten minutes before the break when Walters received the ball in the middle of the area and couldn’t finish beyond ex-Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal. Stoke have mainly been limited to shots from distance, but that moment, specifically the way Stoke moved through the Chelsea central defence with relative ease.

It was been the away side, however, that was largely in control of the first half. Hazard had a shot pushed over and Chelsea found the net from the subsequent set piece only for the linesman’s flag to intervene when Terry finished cleverly past Butland from an offside position.

Chelsea were punished for their first half wastefulness as Stoke took the lead just five minutes into the second half. Jonathan Walters, who famously scored two own goals when Chelsea played Stoke in 2012, finished brilliantly from outside the box when found in space by Whelen. The Ireland international scored with a superb right foot volley which Begovic couldn’t get to.

Willian failed to respond with his usual free-kick brilliance when he put a set-piece over the bar just a few minutes later, the foul having been earned by Remy on the edge of the box. Stoke almost added to their lead when Walters again tried his luck from outside the box but this time the ball mercifully went over the bar.

Willian again tried his luck from outside the box but the shot was saved down low. Kenedy was brought on for Baba as Mourinho tried to turn the tie in Chelsea’s favour with an influx of attacking energy. Zouma hit the post, and Kenedy himself had a shot saved with the game entering its final 15 minutes. It became more and more difficult to find space around the area as Stoke sat back to defend their lead, but they did miss another chance to finish the game, again through Walters, who put the ball wide after a counter attack.

Traore, brought on for Ramires, almost equalised with a brilliant shot from distance with Stoke packed inside their own box, and Chelsea were at last rewarded for their efforts in the 92nd minute when Remy finished beyond Butland from close range after Kenedy won a corner on the left. The Blues desperately sought a winning goal late on but were forced to settle for extra-time. Stoke’s Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second bookable offence late on.

Chelsea started the extra-time the better and made the first chance- Hazard putting the ball wide after linking up with Kenedy. Traoe then headed wide from a Willian cross on the left as Chelsea pressed up the pitch in search of what would have been a winning goal with their man advantage on the pitch. They couldn’t and the game went into a penalty shoot-out.

Willian scored Chelsea’s first and Oscar the second as it was 2-2 after two penalties each. Remy and Zouma scored as Chelsea kept up with Stoke but Eden Hazard missed so that the holders went out 5-4.

Despite the result this was a much better game than Chelsea have had in recent weeks. The performance from Oscar should mean he plays against Liverpool instead of Fabregas and the contribution of Kenedy and Traore should also give one optimism for the near future.

 

 

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman (Kenedy, 70); Ramires (Traore), John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy, 32)

Unused Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Scorers: Remy (92)

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa (Wilson 49); Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay (Shaqiri (75), Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Unused Substitutes: Shay Given,  Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland,  Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Scorers: Walters (50)

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Attendance: 24,866

 

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JOSE MOURINHO WEST HAM
Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho will return to Stamford Bridge on Sunday, this time as Manchester United manager © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea are drawing 0-0 at half-time of their League Cup tie at Stoke City.

Chelsea started on the fornt foot and almost took the lead in the first few minutes as Costa forced a smart save from Butland in the Stoke goal when he attempted a back hell finish from Oscar’s right sided cross.

The travelling Chelsea fans made their support for their team’s under pressure manager early on as Jose Mourinho’s name rang out from the away end of Britania Stadium. They saw their team miss another chance as Costa ran in from the left and his cut back was almost turned into his own goal by Wollschied, and then again when Oscar had a right foot shot tipped over the bar.

Chelsea’s play generally was much better than it has been in previous weeks- Hazard, Costa and Oscar, reintroduced into the team at the expense of Fabregas, linking up brilliantly on a number of occasions. A bad foul on Zouma did not bring a card for Diouf when it should have done, and Chelsea missed the best chance of the game by far just before the half hour when Ramires was put through by Mikel and put the ball into the side netting when he had taken it round Butland.

An injury to Costa meant the Spain striker was taken off after 32 minutes to be replaced by Remy, something sure to be of the utmost concern to Jose Mouirnho.

For the home side’s part,  their best opening came ten minutes before the break when Walters received the ball in the middle of the area and couldn’t finish beyond ex-Stoke ‘keeper Asmir Begovic in the Chelsea goal. Stoke have mainly been limited to shots from distance, but that moment, specifically the way Stoke moved through the Chelsea central defence with relative ease.

It has been the away side, however, that has largely been in control so far. Hazard had a shot pushed over and Chelsea found the net from the subsequent set piece only for the linesman’s flag to intervene when Terry finished cleverly past Butland from an offside position.

Despite the lack of goals it has been a much better showing from Chelsea this evening. They have been by far the better side and could have at east one goal to their name by now. They will have to continue with the initiative in the second half and take advantage soon if their bid to retain the League Cup doesn’t go the same way as the Premiership has so far.

 

 

 

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa (Remy, 32)

Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Loic Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay, Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Shay Given, Wilson, Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

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Here are the official line ups for today’s game at Britannia Stadium between Stoke City and Chelsea in the Capital One Cup fourth round.

CHELSEA – Asmir Begovic; Kurt Zouma, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Baba Rahman; Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa

Substitutes: Marco Amelia, Papy Djilobodji, Cesar Azpilicueta, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy, Loic Remy

Manager: José Mourinho

STOKE CITY – Jack Butland; Phil Bardsley, Ryan Shawcross, Philipp Wollscheid, Marc Muniesa; Glenn Whelan, Charlie Adam, Mame Biram Diouf, Ibrahim Affelay, Marco Arnautovic; Jonathan Walters

Substitutes: Shay Given, Wilson, Steve Sidwell, Stephen Ireland, Xherdan Shaqiri, Peter Odemwingie, Peter Crouch

Manager: Mark Hughes

Referee: Kevin Friend

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Kick Off: 7.40 pm GMT

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MARK HUGHES

Chelsea will look to continue their defence of the League Cup as they face Stoke in the fourth round at the Britannia Stadium (19:45 GMT KO).

The Blues, who won only three of their 10 games this season – their second-ever worst start to a season.

Slaven Bilic’s side however have made their best start to a Premier League campaign in 17 years – they sit fourth and have been in impressive form this year, having beaten Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool thus far.

Jose Mourinho’s side took four points off the Hammers last season, who were then managed by Sam Allardyce. Chelsea drew 0-0 at home, before winning the away fixture 0-1 last March.

 

Last six games:

Stoke City: DWWWWL (includes one League Cup game). 

Chelsea: DLLWDL (includes two Champions League games and one League Cup game).

 

Team News:

– Chelsea continue to be without injured trio Loic Remy, Pedro and Branislav Ivanovic.

– Thibaut Courtois is still out.

– Nemanja Matic is suspended following his red card against West Ham last weekend.

– Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross is set to make his first start to the season.

– Bojan (toe) and Marc Muniesa (thigh) are both doubts.

– Striker Mame Biram Diouf could return after compassionate leave.

 

Statistics:

 

 

Starting XI last time out in the League Cup:

Stoke (away vs. Fulham, won 0-1): Given, Bardsley, Wollscheid, Wilson, Pieters, Sidwell, Cameron, Odemwingie, Ireland, Affelay, Crouch.

Chelsea (away vs. Walsall, won 1-4): Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Ramires, Mikel, Willian, Pedro, Fabregas, Costa.

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Chelsea will face Stoke in the Capital One Cup fourth round today at the Britannia Stadium (KO 7:45pm). Here we bring you the predicted line ups for the game.

Predicted line ups :

STOKE: Butland, Johnson, Cameron, Wollschei, Pieters, Adam, Whelan, Shaqiri, Krkic, Arnautovic, Joselu.

Manager: Mark Hughes

 

CHELSEA: Amelia, Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Ramires, Willian, Fabregas, Hazard, Costa.

Manager: Jose Mourinho

 

Venue: Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, UK

Kick off : 7:45pm GMT

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Ahead of Chelsea’s game against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the League Cup tonight (19:45 GMT KO), we take a look at the odds on offer.

All odds provided by SkyBET (SB), Ladbrokes (L) and Coral (C), correct as of 27th October.

 

Full-time score:

Stoke win: SB – 5/2, L – 14/5,  C – 3/1

Draw: SB – 5/2, L –5/2, C – 5/2

Chelsea win: SB – 21/20, L – 21/20, C – 1/1

 

First goalscorer:

Mame Biram Diouf: SB  15/2, L – 7/1, C – 7/1

Peter Crouch: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

Jon Walters: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

Marko Arnautovic: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

Bojan: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

No goalscorer: SB – 10/1, L – 10/1, C – 10/1

Eden Hazard: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

Oscar: SB – 7/1, L – 15/2, C – 7/1

Radamel Falcao: SB – 9/2, L – 5/1, C – 5/1

Diego Costa: SB – 4/1, L – 9/2, C – 4/1

Willian: SB – 8/1, L – 8/1, C – 8/1

 

Final Score:

Stoke win:

1-0: SB – 9/1, L – 9/1,  C – 9/1

2-0: SB – 16/1, L – 18/1, C – 16/1

2-1: SB – 11/1, L – 11/1, C – 11/1

3-0: SB – 50/1, L – 40/1, C – 40/1

3-1: SB – 28/1, L – 28/1, – 28/1

 

Draw:

0-0: SB – 10/1, L – 9/1, C – 10/1

1-1: SB – 5/1, L – 11/2, C – 11/2

2-2: SB – 14/1, L – 12/1, C – 14/1

3-3: SB – 50/1, L – 50/1, C – 50/1

4-4: SB – 250/1, L – 225/1, C – 225/1

 

Chelsea win:

1-0: SB – 6/1, L – 13/2, C – 6/1

2-0: SB – 17/2, L – 17/2, C – 17/2

2-1: SB – 15/2, L – 15/2, C – 15/2

3-0: SB – 16/1, L – 16/1, C – 16/1

3-1: SB – 14/1, L – 14/1, – 14/1

 

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ZOUMA
Kurt Zouma © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea centre back Kurt Zouma has no doubt that tonight’s victory over Stoke City would be a sign of progress towards a return to form.

Even if today’s match in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup against Stoke City is considered by many as less important than a weekend meeting against Liverpool, the Frenchman insists that every victory is a sign of progress and the Blues will try to show their best at Britannia Stadium.

Zouma told London Evening Standard:

“We have relaxed too much mentally. Our feet got too close to the fire.

“I don’t know why we have not been able to achieve good things this season with the great players we have in our squad. But we are starting to wake up.”

“We are all motivated — not to make a spectacular comeback but simply to return to our normal levels.”

“The manager played me at right-back against Dynamo Kiev and it was the first time in ages I have played in that role. I didn’t get my bearings.”

“My favoured role is in central defence.”

 

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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes who is a big supporter of Jose Mourinho said that Chelsea should not be thinking about sacking the Portuguese coach. However, he promises that his team will do everything to win at Britannia Stadium today in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

Hughes said on the BBC website:

“It’s a perfect game for us. We didn’t play well at the weekend and credit to Watford for that.”

“Maybe Chelsea following so quickly is a great game for us because the weekend is fresh in our minds and we understand what we have to do better.”

“We weren’t sharp enough in terms of moving the ball quickly to string Watford out, so we didn’t have any cutting edge. We had plenty of possession, but no end product.”

“When we have a performance we are not comfortable with, almost always we bounce back quickly and I’m encouraged by that.”

Asked whether if Stoke win today, Mourinho will find himself in a really difficult position:

“Who would you replace Jose Mourinho with to get an uplift out of your club?”
“He sees himself as a top manager and the best Chelsea have ever had, so why would they change?”

“I don’t think anyone thinks that he won’t. I don’t anticipate they’ll be in the position they are for too much longer  Chelsea have quality right throughout the club that will enable them to come through this moment I’m sure.”

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Ex-footballer and TalkSport host Alan Brazil says Chelsea should stand by Jose Mourinho and that the club would be mad to sack him.

Speaking on his breakfast show this morning, Brazil, who played for, amongst others, Ipswich Town, Manchester United and Spurs as well as his native Scotland a career spanning much of the 70s and 80s, claimed that Jose Mourinho is the best man to turn around Chelsea’s season.

“Yes, Chelsea are not playing that well, but look at the table and if you let Mourinho sort it they will be back up there,” Brazil said.

He continued:

“If you push Jose out of this job you are off your head. Who is going to come in and take over? Whoever does will have a bunch of rebellious players. 

“The press have it in for him and it amazes me because we need characters. For me, if it blows over, and it a big if, then he will get back to winning ways. I am certain of that. I like winners, and if you look at where Jose has been, wherever he has been he is a winner and you can’t just push someone aside for having a bad time. It’s nonsense.

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