Sunday 22 April 2018

Knockout blow: Walters strikes as Stoke sink Chelsea on penalties to turn up heat on Mourinho

Jon Walters celebrates his goal as Stoke turned up the heat on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
Jon Walters celebrates his goal as Stoke turned up the heat on Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho
The pressure on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been cranked up another notch
Olivier Giroud shows his frustration as Arsenal fall behind to Sheffield Wednesday

Jamie Holland

The pressure on Jose Mourinho cranked up another notch as holders Chelsea crashed out of the League Cup with a 5-4 loss on penalties at 10-man Stoke City following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Ireland striker Jon Walters looked to have Stoke on course for the quarter-finals in regular time, until Loic Remy struck a last-minute equaliser for the visitors. However, Chelsea failed to take advantage of their second chance and after the game finished level in extra-time Eden Hazard's decisive penalty was saved by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland to send Mourinho's men crashing out.

The Chelsea boss also revealed that striker Diego Costa went to hospital after the game with the rib injury.

"Losing 1-0 feeling the situation against an experienced opponent... the team did everything. I tried to help too," Mourinho said after suffering his eighth defeat in 16 games this season.

"We try, we try, we try. When we scored the goal it was no more than we deserved."

It was also a miserable night for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who was left to count the cost of a damaging 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott hobbled off in the opening 20 minutes at Hillsborough.

"It was very bad night for us because we lost two very important players in the first part of the game," Wenger conceded. "After that we were not at the level that is requested to play a team of the quality of Sheffield Wednesday."

Darron Gibson and David Meyler both scored from the spot as Everton defeated Norwich and Hull City got the better of Leicester City on penalties.

Irish Independent

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