CARABAO CUP: CHELSEA’S ROAD TO WEMBLEY 2018/19

Once again despite all the speculation around Chelsea’s managerial situation we have another Cup Final at Wembley to look forward to. This time it’s the League Cup (Carabao) and we take on last year’s winners Manchester City in the final.

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(Chelsea have won the League Cup in 1965, 1998 (above), 2005, 2007 & 2015

Chelsea have in recent years been know to continue to pick up domestic and European trophies in a time of unrest in the club. Hopefully that will be no different on Sunday afternoon. However, losing 6-0 to Manchester City only recently and looking at the Premier League table we go into the match as the clear underdog.

At the 3rd Round stage when Chelsea entered the competition due to Europa League football commitments we were drawn to play Liverpool at Anfield. At that point if you were to say I’d be writing a piece on the build up to the final in February I’d say you were out of your mind!

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We won the game 2-1 after going behind 1-0 but it was Emerson who got the equaliser. Eden Hazard effectively won us the tie single handedly with a superb solo effort late on in the game in front of the adoring Chelsea fans who made the trip.

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The 4th Round was a romantic tie that brought Chelsea’s greatest ever player back to Stamford Bridge. Frank Lampard and his Derby County team put up a very good fight but Chelsea came out 3-2 winners. The appreciation and applause Frank got that night was incredible.

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A home tie against Bournemouth in the Quarter Final was never going to be easy. A hard fought 1-0 victory secured late on in the game by our main man Eden Hazard!

The Semi Final two legged draw was made with Chelsea facing arch London rivals Tottenham! The first leg was at Wembley and was won by Spurs 1-0 thanks to a controversial (VAR) penalty which appeared to show Harry Kane offside in the build up before Kepa brought him down in the area.

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The Second Leg was huge at Stamford Bridge and the atmosphere was electric. Goals from Kante and Hazard put us into a dream position only for Spurs to level the tie on aggregate soon into the second half. Chelsea very much dominated the match but as the away goal rule no longer applied it was straight to penalties. Chelsea went on to win the shootout 4-2 with David Luiz scoring the decisive penalty in front of the adoring Matthew Harding Stand.

My dad always said to me growing up in the 1980s never take for a granted a trip to Wembley to watch Chelsea. To be honest I like many have been very fortunate in recent years as to how many times I’ve been there. I treat every Cup Final as the last and I enjoy it the best I can.

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I didn’t feel confident going into last season’s F.A Cup Final and I was proved wrong as we beat Manchester United 1-0. Something similar on Sunday would be very much welcomed.

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I know we all feel quite down as a fan base at the moment but we need to pick ourselves up and get behind the team. Let’s believe we can make it a ‘Blue Day’ at Wembley and bring another trophy back to Stamford Bridge.

Come On Chelsea!

Written by Chris Wright

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