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How do Chelsea get on in the League Cup semi-finals?

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This year’s Carabao Cup marks the final edition as we know it. With the increasing schedule pressures on the players, the EFL have decided that the 23/24 Carabao Cup will be the final instalment of two legged semi-finals.

Chelsea have a mixed record in recent seasons over 180 minutes with our last victory coming in 2022 as we knocked out Tottenham. Here are our last five League Cup encounters.

21/22: Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham 

Back in 2022, Chelsea played London rivals, Tottenham twice within a week. The first leg was at Stamford Bridge with the blues coming out on top winning 2-0. Chelsea won the second leg 1-0 resulting in a 3-0 aggregate victory. The second leg was mainly known for Kepa’s offside trap.

18/19: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham (4-2 on pens)

Just like 2022, Chelsea and Tottenham faced off in the semi-final stage of the Carabao Cup. This time the 1st leg took place at Wembley Stadium with Tottenham the hosts. You may remember this game as one where Sarri took a computer into a post-match interview arguing with a VAR decision. The 2nd leg was a Stamford Bridge classic, Kante and Hazard wiped out Tottenham’s lead before half time but the visitors pegged back in the 2nd half meaning penalties were needed.

17/18: Chelsea 1-2 Arsenal

The last time Chelsea failed to progress from the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. The first leg took place at Stamford Bridge which ended 0-0 handing Arsenal full advantage ahead of the 2nd leg. Chelsea took the lead at the Emirates but were only in front for 5 minutes before Rudiger put the ball in his own net. The winning goal was scored on the hour mark as Xhaka set Arsenal up for a battering in the final against Manchester City.

14/15: Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool

This tie was perhaps one of my favourites at Stamford Bridge for quite some time. Chelsea drew the first leg 1-1 at Anfield giving us the home advantage in the 2nd leg. After 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge the sides were level which resulted in extra time. Just 4 minutes into extra time Branislav Ivanović found the net as the blues held on. The game was largely known for Diego Costa’s antics and his ability to rattle the opposition. Chelsea eventually won the final, against Tottenham and to this date it is the last time we won the competition.

Chelsea 0-2 Swansea

The game famously known for Eden Hazard kicking the Swansea ball boy in the 2nd leg which still gets replayed to this date. The damage to the tie was already done ahead of the 2nd leg as Chelsea lost 2-0 at home which left it all to do in Swansea.

Overall in our last five encounters at the semi-final stage of the League Cup, Chelsea have progressed in three of them, one via penalties.

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