Kick-off: Chelsea vs Middlesbrough
We are underway at Stamford Bridge.
It is a full house for this Carabao Cup semi-final.
Middlesbrough get the game started.
Mr Glass looking to lead side to final
Ben Chilwell has had a torrid time of it with injuries of late and spent more time in the stands than on the pitch.
He returns to the starting line-up tonight to lead Chelsea in this pivotal semi-final.
If they can win the Carabao Cup, they have some sort of progress to point at under Pochettino.
Defeat however, would no doubt see the noose tightening for the Argentine manager.
Chelsea huge favourites for final showdown
Despite being a goal down from the first leg, the bookies still see Pochettino’s side coming through this tie victorious.
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It could be seen as a ‘free hit’ for the visitors with nobody expecting much from this evening.
Poch looks to notch number six
Chelsea have previously won the League Cup five times.
In this year’s competition, they have beaten AFC Wimbledon, Brighton, Blackburn and Newcastle en-route to the semi finals.
They will be hoping to add Middlesbrough to that list so they can sit back and watch tomorrow’s game to see who they will meet at Wembley.
Blues looking to build a fortress
Since Pochettino has come in at Stamford Bridge, they have come unstuck all too often.
For Chelsea to turn the corner and get back to where the club once was, they need to make this a place people fear playing at again.
That starts tonight, in a game they are expected to win, where they need to dispatch the opposition comfortably.
Former player has his say on semi-final
Paul Ince played for Middlesbrough in one of their most successful periods at the club and has been speaking with luckyblock.com about how he sees tonight’s tie going.
“If Middlesbrough want to go to Stamford Bridge and win the Carabao Cup tie, they need to pray! They know that it is going to be a difficult game but there is no reason why they can’t go there and win. I don’t think Michael Carrick and his side will be fazed by the prospect of going to Stamford Bridge; it’s a game that Middlesbrough can win, but it’s also a game that Chelsea will feel they have to win, so all the pressure is on them.
“The Chelsea fans will be right behind their side and the expectation will be for them to go and win the game. One thing that is for sure is that Michael Carrick will go there believing that he can lead his team to the final. They can definitely go there and get a result.”