It took longer than it usually does, but the result was the same as what we've seen far too often this year. Chelsea are out of the League Cup following a penalty loss to Stoke City, and with that loss dies the dream of the quadruple.
The Blues looked fairly decent again, but a fantastic goal from Jonathan Walters almost did them before Loic Remy forced extra time, and Chelsea weren't able to find a winner even though the Potters were down to ten. Here are a few thoughts following yet another loss:
- I thought Chelsea were excellent in the first half, despite not finding the back of the net. It was one of the better 45 minute showings I've seen from the Blues this season (though that isn't saying a lot).
- The second half wasn't nearly as nice a display from Chelsea, though in fairness, I doubt the eleven that finished have ever even trained as a unit before.
- Both Kenedy and Bertrand Traore looked dangerous after entering the match, even if they didn't look to be totally in sync with their teammates. I could do with seeing more of that this season.
- Speaking of improvement, Baba Rahman looked much better on Tuesday.
- That was a terrible display from the referee, Kevin Friend. I'd say that this one qualified as "weak and naive", even after he sent off Phil Bardsley.
- Speaking of Arsenal, congratulations to Sam Hutchinson, who scored as Sheffield Wednesday knocked them out of the League Cup.
- Kurt Zouma is not the answer to Chelsea's issues at right back, no matter how good he is in the air. He just doesn't have the awareness when Chelsea have the ball to contribute to the attack, and it showed on several occasions this evening.
- Charlie Adam and Bardsley can't retire soon enough. Thugs.