The English League cup reaches the third round stage. European Champs Chelsea faced a potential banana skin in the Saints at the Bridge. The EFL Cup has a lowly status amongst the big teams in England because if its paltry prize money but it is an important barometer to measure squad depth. Chelsea were given a real scare by the Saints who refused to play dead in the second half. This was despite the Blues taking the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half time. The unusual defensive three of Chalobah , Sarr and James looked jittery especially against the direct Walker-Peters and Djenepo. The corner kick goal by Havertz showed exactly why it is important to place a man on the post. It looked so easy. By placing the man at the post you lose the numbers in the box also playing a potential attacker onside. Reward comes with risk hey.
We all know Kepa is one of the most error prone keepers around. So all you have to do if you play against him is to ensure you have a lot of shots on target. The Saints did that with 7 for the match and were rewarded with a typical fumble by the Spaniard. A crucial saves in injury time absolved him from some flak however. No more goals meant Chelsea faced another penalty shootout for the second round on the trot but so were Southampton. Statistics favors going first when winning the toss so Southampton were in the box seat here. They had to make a great start for the advantage to stick, they did. But Walcott and Smallbone lost their nerve with Mount the only Blue to miss a kick. Again this shows the numbers more or less are accurate. The stats say the right footer 60% of the time chooses the left side of the goal and vice versa for a lefty. Nothing lucky or lottery like about penalties at all, there is a science behind it. Chelsea though to the quarters but this is a hard one on Southampton.