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Ref Watch: Carabao Cup Semi-Final 2nd Leg

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The Carabao Cup 2nd leg takes place on Tuesday night as the blues look to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Championship side Middlesbrough.

One major development is there will be no VAR for the game. Ahead of the tournament VAR was meant to be implemented at the semi-final stage but the EFL have released the following statement;

“Given the system is not installed at one of the participating semi-finalist clubs and to maintain fairness and consistency, VAR technology will not be used in the Carabao Cup semi-final stage this season.

This is in line with previous rounds of this season’s competition when at some grounds, but not all, VAR has been available. VAR is installed at Wembley Stadium and as per our previous commitment VAR will be used in February’s final.”

Despite both venues having VAR for the 2nd leg, as it wasn’t available in the first leg, it also can’t be used on Tuesday.

The referee for the match is John Brooks.

John Brooks has taken charge of one Chelsea game this season, that being the 3-1 away defeat to West Ham. — Not the best of omens.

This was also the last game we saw Carney Chukwuemeka make an appearance in. Pochettino is likely to give an update on his availability on Monday.

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