FA Cup – Capital One Cup Updates: Chelsea, FC Liverpool
FA Cup - Capital One Cup Updates: Chelsea, FC Liverpool
Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho said he was embarrassed by his side's performance in their recent FA Cup 4th round loss at home against League One club Bradford City. After being ahead 2-0 at half-time, titan club Chelsea threw away their lead and lost to Bradford 4-2 at Stamford Bridge as the Bantams earned a surprising four goals in the second half last weekend in reportedly the biggest upset in the FA Cup's history.
In other upsets and amazing FA Cup results, Manchester City was defeated 2-0 by Middlesbrough, Swansea lost to Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur was defeated by Leicester, while Liverpool, Manchester United and Sunderland will have to replay after drawing with Bolton Wanderers, Cambridge United, and Fulham respectively.
On February 4, 2015, Man United will host an excited Cambridge United in their amazing FA Cup replay at Old Trafford and Liverpool will travel to Bolton's Macron Stadium to battle Bolton Wanderers in an equally surprising replay to determine who will be in and who will be out of the prestigious League Cup tournament in fixtures that have a potential to be disgraceful and embarrassing to the titan Premiership clubs if they are defeated by the smaller, lower division sides. The mouth-watering FA Cup SemFinal battles will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, UK on April 18 and 19.
The FA CUP FINAL 2015 clash will be held at Wembley on May 20.
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After the game, Mourinho said his players should be ashamed of their disgraceful defeat to a small, less prestigious, lower-division team. To date, the London Blues are in first place on the Premier League table.
Fifty-one year old Mourinho has instructed his elite England Premiership squad to put their shocking defeat behind them in preparation for their upcoming Capital One League Cup semi-final second leg with Liverpool, keeping their focus on going through to the Capital One Cup final match. Going into the second leg tie at Stamford Bridge on January 27, Liverpool and Chelsea are equal at 1-1. In the first leg of their Capital One Cup tie, Chelsea's Eden Hazard converted a penalty to open the scoring in the first half at Anfield and Sterling equalized for the Reds.
Brendan Rodger's side are currently enjoying a 10 match unbeaten run and travel confidently to London as the League Cup's most winning club.
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Mourinho reminded his men to get over their stunning FA Cup setback by the Bantams and to prepare for their next battle at home with Liverpool in a serious, professional manner, although several superstar Chelsea footballers including Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa, and Branislav Ivanovic, did not play in the game with Bradford.
Veteran Chelsea manager Mourinho led the Blues to League Cup victory against Liverpool in 2005 and 2007 in his previous term at boss at Stamford Bridge.
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