The Chelsea EFL Cup experience gets underway tomorrow as the Blues start their domestic cup competitions early due to a lack of European competition.
The EFL Cup or English Football League Cup is the new name for the League Cup which apparently no longer has enough glamour to attract a sponsor. You may recognise it under previous names as the Worthington Cup, the Carling Cup, The Capital One Cup or for the truly retro the Milk Cup.
The competition is not to be confused with the EFL Trophy which Chelsea will be entering an u23 side as part of a revamp.
Chelsea EFL Cup success is not that distant of a memory. We last won the competition when it was known as the Capital One Cup back in the spring of 2015. A simpler time when everything was going right for Jose Mourinho in his second spell.
Chelsea EFL Cup Embarassment
This is the first time in around 20 years that we have had the ignominy of entering the competition at this stage.
Hopefully, this means that Antonio Conte will take a laid back attitude to the game and play a team balanced to the needs in the Premier League. as he fine tunes the squad in an attempt to finish in a position that avoids this
After all, where we finish in the league can avoid the embarrassment of having to enter the competition in August altogether next year.
EFL CUP Second Round
This negative attitude to playing in the second round of the competition is of no disrespect to our first opponents Bristol City who will visit Stamford Bridge. Hopefully, there will be a decent crowd despite the lack of glamour attached to the tie and we will give the League One team a decent game.
Chelsea EFL Cup journey starts early this year, whatever you think of the competition it is a chance at silverware that after last season should not be sniffed at.
See the full draw here – http://cup.efl.com/news/article/2016-17/efl-cup-round-two-draw-3235278.aspx