Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Carabao Cup semi-final first leg – stay

Middlesbrough v Chelsea: Carabao Cup semi-final first leg – stay

Key occasions

9 min Boro are enjoying with loads of confidence. I suppose a crew managed by Michael Carrick are by no means going to be shy on the ball; even so, they’ve began like they’re Chelsea’s equals.

8 min Bangura breaks into house down the left, however his cross is simply too far in entrance of Coburn and Enzo Fernandez forces the ball away. It hit Fernandez’s arm, prompting a small enchantment for a penalty, nevertheless it deflected off his physique in order that’s the tip of that.

6 min Madueke flicks a go into Palmer, 25 yards from aim. He takes a contact and batters an early shot that’s pushed away by Glover, diving to his left. Palmer is enjoying with such confidence in the meanwhile.

5 min In reality Latte Lath is struggling and must go off. That’s an enormous blow to Boro. It wasn’t the best problem from Disasi, a lunge that caught Latte Lath on the ankle after the ball had gone. Ought to they be given as penalties today? I actually don’t know.

Josh Coburn comes on to switch him.

Emmanuel Latte Lath has to come back off after the sooner problem from Axel Disasi. {Photograph}: Richard Lee/REX/Shutterstock

3 min Chelsea’s formation is much like the one they used in opposition to Arsenal within the league in October, with Cole Palmer as a false 9 and Conor Gallagher simply behind him.

2 min Disasi caught Latte Lath on the ankle after he had obtained the shot away. He wants therapy however is okay to proceed.

1 min Boro have began with a again three as anticipated. And so they virtually take the lead inside 40 seconds. An exceedingly dodgy header from Colwill goes straight to Latte Lath, who expenses into the realm. Disasi comes throughout to problem and Latte Lath shoots straight at Petrovic. He didn’t pay money for it.

1 min Peep peep! Boro, in purple, kick off from proper to left as we watch. Chelsea are carrying their darkish blue away strip.

The groups emerge from the tunnel on a bracing evening within the north east. Each managers are apparently with out 12 senior gamers; Chelsea haven’t stuffed the substitutes bench.

A reminder of the groups

Middlesbrough (potential 3-4-2-1) Glover; Van den Berg, Fry, Engel; Jones, Howson, Barlaser, Bangura; Crooks, Hackney; Latte Lath.
Substitutes: J Jones, Clarke, Gilbert, Coburn, O’Brien, Kavanagh, McCabe, Bridge, Bilongo.

Chelsea (potential 4-3-3) Petrovic; Gusto, Disasi, Thiago Silva, Colwill; Gallagher, Caicedo, Enzo; Madueke, Palmer, Sterling.
Substitutes: Bettinelli, Bergstrom, Gilchrist, Williams, Golding, Mudryk, Washington, Broja.

Referee Sam Barrott.

Boro have crushed 5 groups in semi-finals: Stockport, Chesterfield, Liverpool, Arsenal and Steaua Bucharest.

It’s a reasonably good quiz query. Boro will hope that, by the point anyone makes use of it, Chelsea have been added to the listing.

That Uefa Cup run of 2005-06 isn’t talked about practically sufficient.

“Quite than Carrick evoking the spirit of 2004,” says Vic Rushton, “I’d slightly spotlight 1988 once we beat Chelsea over two legs whereas within the second division. I’d accept the tie nonetheless being ‘stay’ going into the second leg.”

It’s honest to imagine that, for those who win 2-1 on combination, the response at Stamford Bridge shall be barely totally different.

Twenty years!

And why do I do not forget that the ultimate was every week earlier than the beginning of season 5 of The Sopranos. What use is that to anyone.

Keith Lamb 1946-2024

A Middlesbrough legend died final week. Many neutrals gained’t know the identify of Keith Lamb, however all of us noticed the outcomes of his work as chief government. The signing of Juninho,. Bryan Robson and different world stars; the League Cup win in 2004 and the astonishing Uefa Cup run in 2006; the transfer to the Riverside; bringing the membership again from the brink within the late Eighties. Together with Steve Gibson, he took Boro to locations they didn’t know existed.

David Hytner’s preview

Staff information

Each managers make quite a lot of modifications from their FA Cup ties on the weekend. Boro herald Dael Fry, Emmanuel Latte Lath, the captain Jonny Howson and Matt Crooks for Matt Clarke, Morgan Rogers (suspended), Sam Greenwood (cup-tied) and Josh Coburn.

Noni Madueke, Thiago Silva and Conor Gallagher are again within the Chelsea crew, with Mykhailo Mudryk, Alfie Gilchrist and Armando Broja dropping out. It appears to be like like Cole Palmer or Raheem Sterling will play as a false 9.


Whats up, good night and welcome to stay protection of Middlesbrough v Chelsea on the Riverside within the first leg of the Carabao Cup. The final time Chelsea gained this competitors, in 2015, Mauricio Pochettino was the shedding supervisor, an honour he want to bequeath Jurgen Klopp or Marco Silva subsequent supervisor.

Michael Carrick has happier recollections of the League Cup, which he gained thrice at Manchester United, although this can be a problem of a unique hue. Since taking up on the Riverside 15 months in the past, Carrick has spent round £9m. In the identical interval Chelsea have spent the GDP of Samoa.

Regardless of the inequality, Boro will fancy their possibilities of troubling Chelsea tonight and getting a consequence to convey to Stamford Bridge in a fornight’s time. The winners will play Liverpool or Fulham within the remaining.

Kick off is at 8pm, and we’ll have crew information shortly.

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