Chelsea was knocked out in the fourth round encounter of the English League Cup on penalties by Stoke City at Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho’s miserable start to the season continues as the Blues witnessed their eighth defeat in 16 matches this season. Chelsea has failed to put up a great performance showing signs of team work and champions.
The teams were unable to break the deadlock in the first half but Jose Mourinho’s men dominated goalless first period. Seven minutes after the break, Stoke City striker Jon Walters scored with his fabulous footwork to give his team an upper hand in the contest.
Loic Remy drilled in an equalizer in the final moments of the match to boost his team’s chances of qualifying for the quarters. The exciting clash headed into extra-time to determine the winner. Stoke players showed resilience throughout the additional 30 minutes, keeping the visitors at bay to force the tie into a shootout.
At this stage, the Portuguese Jose Mourinho was under immense pressure as he is on the brink of losing his job as a Chelsea head coach. The Potters scored all of their five spot-kicks as well as Chelsea scored their first four penalties. Eden Hazard turned up to the mark to take the last penalty of the game.
The Belgian international Hazard was unable to convert the final spot-kick into a goal. The Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland was the hero for the home side as he saved the last shot to put Stoke into the quarter-finals.
Stoke City entered the match having never lost to the Blues in the English League Cup, winning four and drawing three of their seven previous ties. The Potters have qualified for a second League Cup quarter-final in three seasons as the English club eyeing to win the trophy for the second time. IMAGE/AP