And then, there were four. Three Premier League teams and one League One hopeful will contest the two-legged League Cup semifinals in about a month's time (week of January 19th for the first leg, week of January 26th for the second leg).
All three top tier sides won in a rather straightforward manner in the quarterfinals, each scoring at least three goals and Spurs managing to keep a clean sheet, even, despite facing a recently resurgent Newcastle United side. Meanwhile, Sheffield United kept hope alive for the Magic of the Cup story-line. In any case, here are the match-ups for the semifinals.
So, we get a rematch of the 2004/05 final (and many other semifinals), just one round earlier. The first leg will be away, the second leg at home, which works out better in light of the crucial home league match against Manchester City the following weekend (Jan. 31). Spurs shall await the winner in final, as they get the easy draw.
The last time Chelsea were at this stage, we lost in a highly dispiriting manner to eventual champions Swansea City. Let's not let that happen again.