After dodging Sheffield United in the semi-final draw, the one side left in the Capital One Cup that could’ve prevented Jose Mourinho getting his hands on the trophy for a third time, Chelsea simply must be backed for success in the competition.
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Liverpool have an excellent semi-final record against Mourinho-led Chelsea sides, prevailing each of their three meetings, but the Special One has masterminded three wins from as many meetings with the Merseysiders since returning to Stamford Bridge.
Since the Portuguese’s 2007 departure, the Blues have contested five cup ties with Liverpool and have bested them on four occasions.
Given the slumping Reds’ current form, it’s difficult to see how they’re going to flip the formbook and flatten Chelsea in a final four face off once again.
Two legs should be enough to ensure Tottenham don’t suffer the same ignominy that befell Aston Villa in this competition two seasons back, that is to suffer semi-final elimination at the hands of a Football League adversary.
However, even if Spurs fail to see off Sheff Utd, it won’t matter too much, for they stand no chance of getting the better of Chelsea in the final.
Yes, yes, so they did just that to win the competition in 2007/08, but the Lilywhites have emerged victorious in just two of 15 meetings with their cross-capital foes since that extra-time win.
Similarly, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have beaten a Mourinho-schooled Blues side just once in 11 meetings, losing their last two dustups by an aggregate score of 7-0.