Today’s League Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Liverpool promises to be a tense encounter with a chance that it could even go to extra time and penalty kicks given how close the margins are between both sides.
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When: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Pre-game show: Begins at 2:30pm ET/11:30am PT
Start time: Game kicks off at 2:45pm ET/11:45am PT
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After Raheem Sterling earned Liverpool a hard-fought draw in their first leg Capital One Cup semi-final, attention now turns to the return tie at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
And given the opponent waiting in the final at Wembley will either be League One’s Sheffield United or the wildly inconsistent Tottenham Hotspur, it isn’t too much of a stretch to suggest the winner of this match will already feel they have one hand on the trophy.
And if that wasn’t enough motivation, recent results have only stoked the flames going into this one.
Chelsea suffered a shock 4-2 home defeat to third-tier Bradford City in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday – one of the biggest ‘cupsets’ in history – which was dubbed by Jose Mourinho as a ‘disgrace’.
The result is that the League Cup – previously Mourinho’s fourth priority – is now hugely important, not just in ending the Portuguese’s wait for silverware since his return to west London, but also to stop the wheels falling off a 2014/15 campaign which started so promisingly.
And Mourinho, as master psychologist, will know that restoring confidence to his squad is of paramount importance ahead of a potential banana-skin Champions League tie with Paris St-Germain.
Every great season – and Chelsea’s could still be great – is made great by how the coach responds to adversity.
Although the embarrassment suffered on Saturday isn’t a catastrophe in itself, if not addressed properly it could spark exits in the Capital One Cup and the Champions League, leaving Mourinho with only a five-point Premier League lead from a season which might have delivered an unprecedented quadruple.
On the other hand, the treble is still on, although it’s not the treble Mourinho would have hoped for.
Essentially Chelsea still have everything to play for and Tuesday will mark the beginning of the fightback. Expect the Blues to come out all guns blazing.
Meanwhile for Liverpool, this match marks one of their few chances to salvage something meaningful from what’s been a car wreck of a season.
Having harbored title-chasing ambitions in pre-season, Liverpool have disappointed on all fronts; they were unceremoniously dumped out of the Champions League and they’re currently languishing in eighth place in the league, 17 points off first-placed Chelsea.
But it isn’t necessarily results that have disappointed the Anfield faithful but the performances. The departure of Luis Suarez and the long-term injury to Daniel Sturridge have seen the goals dry up, while the defense remains laughably porous.
Having said that, Brendan Rodgers’ men have been on an upswing lately, and despite being held 0-0 at home to Bolton in the FA Cup on Saturday, they’ve definitely gotten 2015 off to a good start. Sterling looks to have regained the touch that saw him light up English football last season, while Sturridge could make his return to the lineup on Tuesday.
Still fighting on four fronts, you sense Rodgers’ future at the club could be shaped entirely by what happens in the next few months. Certainly a trip to Wembley and a piece of silverware would go a long way towards reassuring the owner’s, Fenway Sports Group that the team’s form since September is just a blip.
With both sides not wanting for motivation going into Tuesday’s match, the Stamford Bridge clash could not only provide viewers with an absorbing contest, but it could also have huge repercussions for the rest of the season.
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