Chelsea, Arsenal crash out of League Cup

first_imgChelsea’s woes continued when the holders were dumped out of the Capital One (League) Cup fourth round following a shootout defeat by Stoke City on Tuesday, while Arsenal suffered a humiliating 3-0 defeat at second tier Sheffield Wednesday.Boss Jose Mourinho will be under mounting pressure after Eden Hazard failed to convert the crucial penalty following another testing encounter for Chelsea, who only forced extra time thanks to a last-minute leveller from Loic Remy.There was to be no solace for a reasonably strong Chelsea side, whose miserable season dragged on as they could not find a winner against Stoke despite playing against 10 men for all of extra time.It looked like it was going to be their night when Remy cancelled out Jon Walters’s stunning strike from early in the second half and Stoke’s Phil Bardsley was sent off for a second booking at the close of normal time.Yet their killer instinct from last term deserted the Premier League champions again and after some superb penalties, Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland pulled off a stunning save to palm away Hazard’s effort for a 5-4 shootout win.”Losing 1-0 feeling the situation against an experienced opponent… the team did everything. I tried to help too,” Mourinho told reporters after suffering his eighth defeat in 16 games this season.”We try, we try, we try. When we scored the goal it was no more than we deserved.”The shock of the night came at Hillsborough, a ground where Arsene Wenger has never tasted victory, as Arsenal lost to lower-league opposition by a three-goal margin for the first time since February 1959.advertisementThe Arsenal manager has also never won the sometimes maligned League Cup in his 19 years at the club and looked forlorn on the bench as Ross Wallace and Lucas Joao put the hosts two goals up before halftime.When Sam Hutchinson netted just after the restart, there was no way back for the visitors, who failed to create a meaningful chance all game.A miserable occasion for a strong-looking Arsenal, who have begun their Premier League campaign with such promise, was compounded by first-half injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who went off after five minutes, and his replacement Theo Walcott, who exited 13 minutes later.last_img read more

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