Defending champions, Chelsea FC crashed out of the Capital One Cup fourth round to 10-man Stoke City, after heroics from keeper, Jack Butland, to save Eden Hazard’s decisive penalty, increasing the pressure on Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho.
A 90th minute strike from Loic Remy cancelled out Jonathan Walter’s opening goal to send the game into extra time and eventually penalty kicks.
Stoke made no mistakes, scoring all their penalty kicks, with Chelsea scoring four of their five spot kicks, as Butland brilliantly saved Hazard’s attempt, earning his side a place in the quarterfinals.
The defeat represented yet another disappointing result for Chelsea, who has also been struggling in the league and Champions League, but Mourinho sees no reason for panic.
“My general situation is fantastic.
“I have a day off tomorrow. I have a fantastic family. I can sleep well every night. I’m going to enjoy my day.”
“You think the players are not with me? You think the players didn’t give everything to win the game?
“That’s really sad. It’s not sad for me. I think it’s sad for the players because it is a lack of respect to them, not to me.
“For me it would be a fantastic situation if the players are against me. I could say we don’t have results because they are against me.
“My players tried everything. I think it is a lack of respect for the players.
“I don’t need more. Results are everything people say, which is a bit strange because when, a few weeks ago, I won so many matches and was champion of England, people were saying there are things more important than results.
“Now results are more important than anything. It’s a contradiction.”
Elsewhere, Goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson, ensured Sheffield Wednesday had the better of Arsenal in a 3-0 demolition, ruining the Gunner’s hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals of the League Cup.
The loss to injury of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott ensured that the League Cup defeat was bad in every sense for the Arsenal.
But Arsenal’s misery was due to Wednesday’s desire, and their victory was one which will live long in the memory of the famous old club.
With Wednesday’s Portuguese manager, Carlos Carvalhal, gave the credit to his team.
Speaking to news men after the game, the coach said: “Everything belongs to the players. They were fantastic, we put a plan together and they did it 100 percent.”
In the other two matches of the night, second-tier Hull City defeated in-form Premier League side Leicester City 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw, while Everton also needed penalties to beat Norwich City, 4-3, following another 1-1 draw.