Chelsea begin this season’s League Cup campaign hoping to do just one kick better than last season, when we lost to Liverpool in the final after an epic shootout that saw all 22 players have a kick, and all but 1 convert successfully. Unfortunately, that one was wearing a Chelsea shirt.
Assuming he doesn’t leave in the next seven days (and assuming he stays our backup goalkeeper), Kepa Arrizabalaga will get a chance to redeem himself for that missed penalty starting with a most difficult third round matchup in a few
weeks months. The third round of this year’s competition has been delayed to early November due to the schedule reshuffle to accommodate a winter World Cup.
In that third round, Chelsea will take on ... Manchester City ... as revealed in the draw tonight. The match will take place either Tuesday, November 8 or Wednesday, November 9, which will be the final week of games before the World Cup.
Ugh. Good luck to us.
The draw for the League Cup third round, in full:
Leicester City vs. Newport County
West Ham United vs. Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Leeds United
Nottingham Forest vs. Tottenham Hotspur
Manchester United vs. Aston Villa
AFC Bournemouth vs. Everton
Liverpool vs. Derby County
Burnely vs. Crawley
Bristol City vs. Lincoln City
Manchester City vs. CHELSEA
Stevenage vs. Charlton Athletic
MK Dons vs. Morecambe
Newcastle United vs. Crystal Palace
Southampton vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Brentford vs. Gillingham