Arsenal and Chelsea were both shown the exit door of the League Cup on Tuesday as the Blues lost to Stoke City in Britannia stadium via penalties while the Gunners lost to Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
Wednesday, deservedly, won as they came up with a high-intensity game and were aggressive in their approach. Although Arsenal had made a number of changes in their team, they did not resemble a weak side. Wednesday played an attacking brand of football, which helped the team win 3-0.
Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson were the goal scorers for Wednesday, who defeated Arsenal for the first time since 1998. With this victory, Wednesday have also booked their place in the quarter finals of the competition.
Though top teams from the Premier League may look at such competition -- League Cup -- as not-so-important as the champions league or the EPL, teams like Wednesday give it their all when they square off against such quality opposition.
Arsenal had to suffer huge blows as not only did they lose the game against Wednesday, key players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott suffered hamstring and calf injury respectively. They have some big games coming up against Swansea (EPL) and Bayern Munich (champions league).
The other top team, Chelsea, who are also the defending champions, looked a better side against Stoke in the first 45 minutes of the game and should be considered unlucky in not finding the back of the net when they played some solid football.
Mourinho, who has been under severe pressure after an awful start to their EPl campaign, fielded a strong team to take on Stoke. Their players did respond to the call, but they went a goal down in the 51st minute after a wonder goal from Jonathan Walters.
The Blues, as the game inched towards the dying minutes, were inching closer to the exit door as they could not score the all important goal; however, substitute Lioc Remy found the back of the net in the 90th minute to spring hope.
Things were going downhill for Stoke as they lost Phil Bardsley -- two yellow cards, resulting in a red -- in the 93rd minute of normal time, which gave Chelsea a head start in extra time, but they failed to take advantage of Stoke's 10 men.
When it boiled down to penalties, it was understood that it could be anybody's game and with Eden Hazard's miss, Stoke City progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup.