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Chelsea lose the League Cup final 4-3  against Manchester City at penalties after an intense game that ended goal-less in the 120′.

After a low pace first part with no special moments, Maurizio Sarri‘s team impressed in the second regular half but missed a couple of huge chances with Kanté and Pedro.

The extra time was leveled but still goal-less but the highlight of those 30′ was in the final minutes with Maurizio Sarri going literally mad at his goal-keeper Kepa, who refused to come off after a knock for Willy Caballero, who was ready to replace him.

Jorginho and David Luiz missed their penalties in the final shoot-outs and Sterling scored the fifth one for Citizens, after also Sanè missed his, giving them the cup and, so, first trophy of the season.

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Chelsea and Man City are still 0-0 after 45′ minutes in the League Cup final at Wembley: a first half with a slow pace and few emotions.

These are the team line-ups:

 

CHELSEA – Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, David Luiz, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho, Barkley; Pedro, Hazard, Willian

Subs: Caballero, Christensen, Kovacic, Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Giroud, Higuain

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

MAN CITY – Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko, Fernandinho, D Silva, De Bruyne, B Silva, Aguero, Sterling

Subs: Muric, Danilo, Kompany, Gundogan, Sane, Mahrez, Foden

Manager: Pep Guardiola

 

Referee: Jon Moss

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, UK

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has aimed something of a dig at his manager Maurizio Sarri following the Blues’ win over Tottenham in League Cup this evening.

The Belgium international, anyway, doesn’t seem bothered about what the Italian coach says, judging by his response when asked about his comments after tonight’s game:

“I don’t care. I just play my football. It doesn’t matter what the manager said. I just focus on my football and want to do my best for this team,” Hazard was quoted by the Daily Star’s Paul Brown on Twitter.

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Blues’ legend Petr Cech has announced today that he will retire at the end of this season.

The current Arsenal goalkeeper, played for a decade at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea.

Cech made 494 appearances with Chelsea and he set a club record with his 228 clean sheets.

With the Blues the goakeeper won 4 Premier League titles, 4 Fa Cups, 3 League Cups and also one Europa League and most of all the 2012 Champions League.

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Harry Kane’s VAR penalty gives Spurs adavantage after League Cup first leg semifinal played at Wembley tonight, as Tottenham win 1-0 over Chelsea.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side took the lead in the 26th minute thanks to a VAR decision when Kane, adjudged to have been offside, raced through on goal before being upended by Kepa.

Referee Michael Owen wanted the offside call to be checked and once it was confirmed that the English forward was actually level with play the decision to award the spot-kick was an easy one and the English international gave his team the lead.

Chelsea came out strongly at the start of the second half, with Ngolo Kante testing Paulo Gazzaniga from distance, while Andreas Christensen missed a goal from close range.

Despite plenty of possession in the second part of the game, the Blues could not find a way to beat Gazzaniga, pointing out again the lack of a real striker upfront for Sarri’s lads.

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Alvaro Morata was officially ruled out for tonight game against Spurs “for a minor hamstring problem in training this morning” as Chelsea media reported.

But there are reason to believe this might not be the truth.

In fact the Spaniard has been recently linked to Seville and it’s possible he is travelling to Andalucia in these hours to have a medical and seal the transfer.

Morata had gone through some tough times at Stamford Bridge in the past months: it seems he fell out with manager Maurizio Sarri and with most past of Chelsea fans, that are disappointed with some of his recent bad performances.

Within hours we will know what happens in the former Real Madrid striker’s future.

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Chelsea‘s defender David Luiz believes this could be a great season for the London club.

Asked what the Blues could win, the Brazilian defender suggested Chelsea could conquer all the competitions where the team are playing: “You must see it as a great opportunity,” Luiz told the Independent “When you play for a big club and a big must play in many competitions it is an amazing opportunity. It’s better to play than to train and you keep having games. I’m a lucky guy because I always play for a big club and big clubs always try to win titles and I love that”.

David Luiz also gives a lot of credit to the Blues’ manager Maurizio Sarri for this great start of the season both for his tactical skills and his human values: “I’ve won with great teams here and I’ve lost with great teams here. I think this team is trying to improve every single day. The manager is here for three, four months now and he’s trying to improve our style of football, our philosophy. The Premier League is not easy and this is just the beginning. We must keep our feet on the ground but the results they are coming because we are working hard every single day.” David Luiz explained. “I’m so happy because Sarri is a great human. He knows how to teach us, he knows how to improve us. So when it’s like that it’s easy to understand and easy to try to be a fantastic player on the pitch. We can get better and we have to think that way. We have to work at improving every single week.”

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Tonight Liverpool and Chelsea will face in the Carabao Cup third round at Anfield.

Here are the latest team news and possible line ups

LIVERPOOL

Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Simon Mignolet will replace Alisson Becker in goal for his first appearance of the season.

Virgil Van Dijk, who will be assessed ahead of the match, is likely to give way to Dejan Lovren.

Dominic Solanke will be included in the matchday squad too.

Adam Lallana and Divock Origi are sidelined.

CHELSEA

Antonio Rudiger, Pedro and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all ruled out due to injuries.

Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi will feature in the game.

Eden Hazard will supposedly start on the bench.

 

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Keita, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Shaqiri, Sturridge, Curtis Jones

Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; Zappacosta, Christensen, Cahill, Palmieri; Drinkwater, Barkley, Fabregas; Moses, Morata, Hudson-Odoi

 

MATCH INFO

 

Kick Off- 19:45 (local time), 00:15 (IST)

Venue- Anfield Road, Liverpool, UK

Referee  – Andre Marriner

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Maurizio Sarri revealed Antonio Rudiger may not feature against Liverpool in next Wednesday clash at Anfield after the German international defender was injured in the draw against West Ham today and the Italian manager admits he is wary of Liverpool’s much-vaunted front three:

“Against Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane? I think it is impossible,” he added.

“It will be really a very difficult match. Maybe a spectacular match but, for us, very difficult I think.”

Continuing to speak about the clash with the Reds, Sarri said:

“[Liverpool] have played yesterday and have one day’s more rest than us.

“I don’t know. I want to see the picture of the situation tomorrow morning during the training session. Now, really, I don’t know. Maybe I will have to change 11 players, maybe only five. At this moment, I don’t know.”

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Few years ago, Willy Caballero helped Manchester City when they won the League Cup at Wembley vs Liverpool.

Now the Argentinian goalkeeper is performing very well in the Blues’ run in the current Fa Cup and he hopes to lift another trophy at Wembley in just a couple of months.

For me, it’s a fantastic competition and I don’t have this trophy, so for sure I want to win the FA Cup,” Caballero told Chelsea official website.  “Everyone at Chelsea and our supporters want this too. Southampton will be a tough game for us, like Leicester were. We will head to Wembley to play them and have to fight as we did against Leicester and then hopefully we can reach the final. I think we now have a good break [the international break] but the most important thing for the team would be to finish in the top four and get into the Champions League. But of course we have the chance to win a trophy in the FA Cup and that is what we want to do. So we will go to Wembley for the semi-final and hopefully we can do both things – finishing in the top four and winning the FA Cup.” 

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