Chelsea v Liverpool Carabao Cup Final Preview

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Chelsea face Liverpool in the final of this season’s Carabao Cup on Sunday afternoon at Wembley Stadium.

The Blues come into the game having won their last two Premier League fixtures and they secured an excellent 2-0 win against Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Liverpool extended their winning streak to six straight games in all competitions and beat Leeds United 6-0 in midweek.

How Chelsea made it to the final

Chelsea have had a tough route to this Wembley showpiece after facing four Premier League sides. The Blues saw off Aston Villa 2-1 when they entered the competition in the third round, before securing another 2-1 home win, this time against Southampton.

That set up a quarter-final tie at Brentford, which the Blues won 2-0 thanks to a late Jansson own goal and a Jorginho penalty. In the semi-final, Chelsea faced Tottenham over two legs and won them both to nil. A 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge was followed up with a 1-0 success at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with Michael Rudiger claiming the vital goal to send Thomas Tuchel’s men to Wembley.

Liverpool’s route to Wembley

The Reds began their Carabao Cup campaign at Carrow Road and beat Norwich in the third round 3-0. That set up a potentially tricky looking tie away at Championship club, Preston North End, but Klopp’s men came through the test with ease, beating their hosts 2-0 at Deepdale.

Liverpool were drawn at home in the quarter-finals against Leicester City in what turned out to be one of the best games in the competition. The visiting Foxes raced into a 3-1 half-time lead, but a Diogo Jota strike and an injury time Takumi Minamino equaliser sent the game to penalties. A dramatic shootout saw the Reds edge past Leicester 6-5 to reach the semi-finals.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 0-0 draw at Anfield against Arsenal in the first leg, but in the away tie, Jota was the hero again as he grabbed two goals in their 2-0 win to reach Wembley.

Carabao Cup final stats

Chelsea go into the game chasing an early-season treble having already secured the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, whilst Liverpool go in search of their first League Cup success since 2011/12.

Chelsea have won this competition on five occasions; with the last time they lifted the trophy being in 2013. Liverpool have a rich history in this tournament having reached the final 12 times winning on eight occasions. A win on Sunday would see them move one success clear of Manchester City as the all-time record overall winners.

Interestingly, no London side has beaten a club from the north in the final since Chelsea beat Liverpool in 2005.

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