CHELSEA MADE TO WAIT FOR OPPONENTS
West London giants Chelsea are still a long way from knowingtheir Carabao Cup final opponents after the semi-final first leg encounter between hosts Liverpool and Arsenal ended in a goalless draw.
Chelsea have already booked their place in the Carabao Cup final after a dominant display against London rivals Tottenham Hotspur over two legs. In the first leg, German attacker Kai Havertz and Ben Davies (own goal) scored two early goals to give Chelsea a 2-0 win at home to Spurs last week Thursday. The result put the Blues in a fantastic position to qualify for the final at the time of the first leg. Chelsea were able to finish the job in the second leg thanks to a 1-0 win at the home of Spurs on Thursday. German defender Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the match in the first half. The result from the second leg gave Chelsea a 3-0 aggregate win at the expense of their hosts.
The Blues would have known their Carabao Cup final opponents this week if not for the postponement of the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg clash between hosts Arsenal and Liverpool last week Thursday. As a result of the postponement, the second leg initially scheduled for Anfieldon Thursday this week was changed to first leg, while the postponed first leg at the Emirates Stadium is now the second leg.
The first leg between Liverpool and Arsenal played at Anfield ended in a goalless draw. The major talking point of the game came in the first half when Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was given a red card for a foul on Liverpool star Diogo Jota when he was through on goal. Arsenal had to play with ten men for 70 minutes and they were able to record an impressive goalless draw ahead of the second leg next week.