Cup Final Heartache


By Gary Watton
February 24 2019

Chelsea defied the doom-laden predictions and actually gave a decent account of themselves in the Carabao Cup final. Their opponents were restricted to very few attempts at goal. Then, after some expert bus-parking in the first hour, the underdogs gradually grew in confidence and showed real attacking intent. However, in spite of the best endeavours of Hazard, Chelsea's counter-attacks amounted to nothing. It was this lack of cutting edge, once again, which ultimately was the team's undoing. It was fitting that goal-shy Chelsea failed to convert two penalties (with Jorginho and David Luiz being the spot kick culprits). Perhaps the villain of the piece was young Arrizabalaga who refused to be substituted at the end of extra time, in spite of being injured. He then conceded a soft penalty strike by Aguero. Oh well. All that remains is for a Europa League campaign as a 'get out of jail card' should these overpaid numpties fail to finish in the top four of the league. It remains to be seen whether the highly-strung Sarri will continue to be employed much longer at Stamford Bridge.

CHELSEA 0 Manchester City 0; half time: 0-0 (Manchester City win 4-3 on penalties after extra time.)

CHELSEA: Arrizabalaga; Luiz; Emerson; Azpilicueta; Rudiger; Barkley; Jorginho; Kante; Pedro; Hazard; Willian. Used substitutes: Hudson-Odoi; Loftus-Cheek; Higuain

 

LEADING SCORERS:

Hazard fifteen

Morata nine

Giroud seven

Pedro seven

Willian seven

Loftus-Cheek six

Barkley five

Kante four

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