Joy for the Merseyside faithful, lasting agony for Chelsea, another slump for the Gooners and a rousing victory by the Hull Tigers. The Match of the day was Stoke vs. Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium, the blues got to a good start as they were dominant through the first 45, and the heat continued after the interval till the reverse happened as Stoke’s forward Jon Walters fired in off the crossbar. Chelsea then pilled the pressure till French hitman Loic Remy equaled the score line at the death of the game to drag proceedings to Extra time. The game eventually got to penalties and the once-reliable Eden Hazard missed, knocking out the defending champions from the tournament. There has been talk of mutiny in the Chelsea dressing room, the opposite was reflected in yesterday’s game, the players showed a resilience to fight for their Manager, I believe Chelsea would come out of their slump very soon; the Liverpool game this weekend might do the trick.
Everton had a nerve racking encounter too, as Norwich didn’t prove easy to breakdown. In fact it was Everton that came from behind after Sebastien Bassong opened Norwich’s account. After then there were close shaves by Wes Hoolahan, Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe and Lewis Grabban, a goal by any of them would have permanently silenced Goodison Park, but that was not on the program as moments later Leon Osman leveled from a Kevin Mirallas’ assist, Everton eventually won on penalties.
The revelation side of the season, Leicester lost to Hull after Abel Hemandez leveled in the 106minutes for the Tigers after Mahrez had put Claudio’s lads ahead, Hull later won on penalties to wild ecstasy from both players and fans.
Finally, Sheffield Wednesday broke the Internet yesternight as they pounded a lack luster Arsenal to reach the Quarter-finals of the League Cup, never in the game did Arsenal look like they had the intention of winning. Goals from Man of the Match Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson were enough to keep the North Londoners at bay. To make defeat even more painful Chamberlain and Walcott sustained injuries in the first 20minutes.
His latest casualties – added to Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey, Tomas Rosicky and David Ospina – mean Arsenal go in to fixtures against Swansea, Bayern Munich and Tottenham with a stretched squad. Let’s see what scheme the Professor can proffer.