Carabao Cup more difficult to win than Champions League claims rival manager

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Dom Le Roy

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says that the Blues’ run in this season’s Carabao Cup is more impressive than if Tottenham or Liverpool reach the Champions League final.

Sarri’s side beat Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield in the third round of the League Cup and managed to overcome Pochettino’s Lilywhites on penalties in the two-legged semi-final to reach the Wembley final against Manchester City, which they lost on penalties after a goalless draw.

Tottenham’s quest to conquer Europe started with an impressive recovery in the group stages. Spurs lost first two matches and drew the third one. Yet, the north London side managed to qualify from the group featuring Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV Eindhoven.

Pochettino’s men then knocked Borussia Dortmund out 4-0 on aggregate and overcame Pep Guardiola’s Citizens on away goals in a thriller to set up a semi-final against Ajax.

Liverpool will face Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final  next week. The Reds advanced from a group stage that included PSG and Napoli. They’ve also beaten Bayern Munich and Porto in the knock-out rounds.

However, Sarri does not seem to think much of their achievements.

“The Premier League is really very difficult, for getting in the final of the League Cup we had to play against Liverpool, against Tottenham, the final against Manchester City,” said the Chelsea Boss (Liverpool Echo).

“It was easier to get to the final of the Champions League.

“I think many give to the Champions League too much importance.

“Of course it is the most important competition for clubs but it is a competition with straight elimination so sometimes you need a post in or a post out to qualify or to be eliminated.

“It’s clear it’s the most important competition for clubs in Europe, and as a consequence in the world, but it’s a competition in which you need to be lucky.”






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  1. Sounds like a case of very sour grapes to me! If Sarri honestly believes that to be true then he is one seriously deluded individual. Am doubting whether he’ll actually be in Chelsea’s managerial seat next season, personally I think he’s out of his depth and just not up to scratch, and we all know that Chelsea just aren’t capable of keeping their managers long term in any case!


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