This Tuesday (23), Chelsea welcomes Middlesbrough to the Stamford Bridge stadium in the second leg of the EFL Cup semi-finals — the English League Cup. The Boros won the first game 1-0 and could even draw. Furthermore, in case of equality in the aggregate score, an extra time will be played and, if necessary, the decision will go to penalties. Check out where to watch Chelsea vs Middlesbrough live below.
With the team full of absences, the Blues were unable to break through the defense set up by former midfielder and current Boros coach, Michael Carrick. There were 18 shots against Middlesbrough’s goal, but only five on target. More accurate, the home team took advantage of their chances and scored a goal through Hayden Hackney.
For the return game, coach Mauricio Pochettino will still need to deal with important absences. Striker Nicolas Jackson is with the Senegal team at the African Cup of Nations. In turn, right-back Reece James, defender Wesley Fofana, left-back Marc Cucurella, Roméo Lavia and striker Christopher Nkunku are out due to injury.
On the other hand, Middlesbrough’s situation is not the best either. Midfielder Riley McGree and forward Sam Silvera are with Australia’s Asian Cup squad. In addition to them, Senegalese goalkeeper Seny Dieng is also with the Senegal national team. In fact, in terms of injuries, the casualties are Darragh Lenihan, Tom Smith, Emmanuel Latte Lath and Alex Bangura.
At a time of rebuilding the club, Chelsea has had a season of many ups and downs. In the Premier League, for example, it is in ninth place with 31 points — nine behind Tottenham, the last club within the G-5.
Therefore, if they manage to win the English League Cup, the team will get an automatic place in a European tournament — in this case, the UEFA Conference League. But to do so, they will need to beat Middlesbrough and then beat Fulham or Liverpool in the grand final at Wembley.
Where to watch Chelsea vs Middlesbrough
The decision between Chelsea and Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge stadium starts at 5pm, Brasília time, with live broadcast from Star+ (streaming).
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