Reds denied Chelsea its third trophy of the season
Both teams refused to give in, and when the thrilling match was finally ended by Kepa Arrizabalaga’s missed penalty kick, Liverpool were victorious. The Reds’ victory against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final was dramatic and breathtaking in many ways, and there will be more from each of these teams in the future.
The two EPL clubs are racing to win as many trophies as they can this year – the Reds have the Carabao Cup, while Chelsea has the Club World Cup and the Super Cup – and both are still in the hunt in England and Europe for more silverware.
Thomas Tuchel is a worthy opponent for Jurgen Klopp, and indeed, the former Dortmund bosses are amongst the best coaches in the Premier League and Europe. Their intensity and diligence, as well as their views regarding football are pushing this sport forward still further and it is wonderful to witness.
In the Cup final, there were missed chances, offsides calls, mistakes and miscues, and Liverpool were able to ultimately survive. These teams will not face one another again in the Premier League this season, but they could face each other in the FA Cup and/or the Champions League. While the shoot-out loss was painful for Chelsea, the Blues will have their chances to make amends over the comings weeks and months.
In EPL and UCL Liverpool and Chelsea are tough
The current second and third-place teams in the Premier League are also in good shape in the Champions League at this moment. Liverpool advanced into the final eight on Tuesday despite losing to Inter Milan at home. The Reds advanced 2-1 on aggregate.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have a 2-0 advantage over Lille in their Round of 16 contest with the second leg to take place in France on March 16.
The further down the line we get in the Champions League, the more likely it becomes that English teams will face one another over two legs as well. Manchester City also remains in the Champions League, and look poised to win the Premier League with their dominant showing thus far. The Citizens are also chasing the FA Cup.
Liverpool and Chelsea are both in the hunt as well and we have seen how Tuchel and Klopp have matched up against Pep Guardiola previously. Tuchel and Chelsea enjoyed great success against City last season, while Pep said recently that Klopp has pushed him the hardest and is the most difficult to coach against in the Premier League.
As we watch the Premier League, the UCL and the FA Cup shake out, there is little doubt that Chelsea and Liverpool have chances at more trophies this season. There would be additional drama between the two clubs, and the intensity will be undeniable no matter how the match or matches unfurl.