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- Dirty Sanchez: Wenger set to lose another Weapon from his Arsenal?
- Ibriana Jones: Red Devils of the Lost Ark!
- Chelsea set to win Title at a Kante!
- Leicester face tough choices as losses compile
- The Year of the Roo-ster!
- Marvel at the latest Craven Cottage arrival: Fulham Sign Thanos!
- Wayne Rooney’s goalscoring record is a rare piece of Manchester United history. Take notice.
- MOTD: Ibrahimovic salvages United point against Liverpool
Today in the Cup – Wednesday on Wednesday and Mourinho’s approach
Manchester City 7-0 Sheffield Wednesday
It took about ten minutes minutes to get over the humor of the fact that Sheffield Wednesday are playing on, you won’t be able to guess this, a Wednesday, I divulged further into the history of Wednesday playing on Wednesdays, particularly against Manchester City, surprised to find that the Championship club have quite a history with Wednesday. This dates back to 1900, and since the two sides have met countless times in both the top two divisions. And while this is only the third time they have met in cup competition, it is the tenth in which they have faced each other on none other than a Wednesday. The last time just over a decade ago, in the second division. What different paths the two clubs have taken since. City won 4-0 then, and by even more now. Seven goals, in fact. The Wednesday manager admitted that the gulf in class was just too high. And Wednesday are near the top of the Championship. Chelsea made hard work of Bolton Wanderers, near the bottom. Food for thought considering Chelsea drew City last weekend.
Chelsea 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Bolton have been struggling in the Championship this season, but held Chelsea to two goals. It might have been a fact that the club itself have more experience facing top level opponents, having been relegated relatively recently, or that Chelsea took them too lightly. They started what could be considered as their backup lineup, however, one that still should have made easy work of Bolton. Jose Mourinho doesn’t usually get matches wrong, but may have tonight. But as in City’s loss to Sheffield, the gulf in class was just too high for Bolton to take advantage.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Nottingham Forest
It will provide a spot of bother for Mauricio Pochettino that his B team was actually losing to that of Nottingham Forest with less than twenty minutes to go. While it was far from an even contest, much less so on paper, Pochettino will have to be worried about his side’s depth. Furthermore, the club had gone four matches without a win, and only a Ryan Mason wonder-strike put Tottenham back in it, before Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane finished Forest off with two late goals. At least they got the win, but it certainly wasn’t quite the preparation for the North London Derby at the weekend Pochettino was looking for, followed shortly by Jan Vertonghen stating that he will not sign another contract at White Hart Lane.