All the red teams seem to have been successful in their English Football League matches. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the Blues.
2 goals from Sturridge meant that Liverpool beat Tottenham, who only claimed one goal, to go through to the next stage of the EFL.
This was the same for Arsenal who defeated Reading 2-0 thanks to Oxlade-Chambelain. Even though the Gunners weren’t playing their best 11, they were still expected to win the match .
Liverpool, on the other hand, seemed to make a game which should have been arguable difficult appear easy. The team seems to be getting bigger and better as the year goes by.
The Manchester teams are perhaps the only teams that aren’t improving. Mourinho had to use United’s best 11, largely the same players that played in the match against Chelsea, to defeat a reserved Man City 1-0.
Pep Guardiola’s team hasn’t won their last six matches in all competitions. This is not something Guardiola is used too. Perhaps English football is a lot more testing than that of other parts of Europe!
Chelsea is proof of this. Although the Blues gained huge confidence from their win over United, the simple return of John Terry meant that they ended their three-match streak of not conceding.
Chelsea let in two goals from West Ham which meant that they couldn’t progress to the quarter finals of the EFL. Hazard and Costa weren’t on the pitch for this match, so it could be possible that Conte simply values the Premier League more and wanted to rest his top players for their weekend match. Fair enough.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all made it to the quarter finals of the EFL! Although the trophy might not be as valued as that of the Premier League and the Champions League, it’s still an object that can be admired when filling up space in a trophy cabinet!