A chance at the first trophy of the season!
Chelsea play Manchester City in what for the teams is their first chance at silverware for the season. The Carabao Cup or the League Cup as it used to be known is not really one that garners much importance but it is a trophy and any trophy is worth winning. Chelsea beat Liverpool 1-2 in the 3rd round, Chelsea then beat Derby County 3-2 in the 4th round, and Chelsea beat Bournemouth in the quarter-final 1-0. The semi-final was a two legged affair against Tottenham, the first leg was lost 1-0, and Chelsea won the 2nd leg 2-1. With the aggregate score tied, Chelsea qualified for the final on penalties. City had a fairly standard run to the final, they beat Oxford United in the 3rd round 0-3, they then beat Fulham 2-0, the drew with Leicester 1-1 in the quarter final but progressed on penalties, and finally they beat Burton Albion 10-0 on aggregate in the semi-final.
Pre match Pep stated that his squad is fit and when asked about the future of Sarri he said that he was confused as to why there was so much pressure put on Sarri in his first season in English football. Pep stated that he never even looked at Chelsea in regards to managing us because of how the board treated the managers. It is sad that it requires opponent managers to knock some sense into the fanbase. Sarri was also asked about his future and he said that Chelsea were doing slightly better then Arsenal but Emery was facing no such scrutiny by the press. If Chelsea had not just lost to City 6-0 I would have been more optimistic about this final but considering current form it would be a miracle if we managed to win the League Cup. In my opinion Sarri will not get sacked if we lose this game although if it is another heavy defeat that could change. If Chelsea win this game it should bring some much needed confidence to the fanbase along with the team and also end the argument about what has Sarri won. Sarri needs to play the youth in this game because then if their is a loss at least team selection won’t be a bullet the media and fans can use against him.
Chelsea Team Preview
Sarri stated that most players are fit although the press conference was conducted after the Malmo game on Thursday and so by Sunday things could have changed. If Kepa has recovered he should start in goal although Caballero is an able deputy. Azpi should start at right back while Luiz should also start although Christensen should start alongside him. Emerson should start as left back. Loftus-Cheek if fit should accompany Kante, and Jorginho in the midfield because he adds something going forward and their is nothing to lose. Finally Hudson-Odoi has to start alongside Hazard, and Higuain in the attack, the odds are that Willian starts but if Sarri cares for his future then CHO has to start.
Man City Team Preview
Man City have a full squad to select from and it should be similar to the one that we faced at the Etihad just a few weeks ago.
Starting XI Prediction
The odds are against us, but Chelsea and Sarri have the opportunity to win a trophy and we should give it our best and then what happens will happen. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!!!