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 By Nick Miller

Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho have point to prove in Capital One Cup

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Craig Burley preview Tuesday's Capital One Cup replay between Chelsea and Liverpool.

The Capital One Cup is usually regarded as a mild inconvenience by the bigger clubs, an irritation that ranks somewhere between defrosting the freezer and paying a large electricity bill. You'd rather not, but it's necessary and people will get cross if you don't bother.

It's comfortably the fourth priority for any English club involved in European competition, unless you're Mike Ashley and you regard the Europa League as even lower.

Of course, teams tend to get a little more serious about the whole...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Chelsea edge past Liverpool and into Capital One Cup final

Branislav Ivanovic's first goal since Aug. 30 won the tie for Chelsea.

Three thoughts on Chelsea's 1-0 win vs. Liverpool, which secured them a place in the Capital One Cup final.

1. Chelsea battle through

Bad-tempered and bruised but bound for Wembley, Chelsea were taken to the brink by Liverpool, but Branislav Ivanovic's crashing header from a Willian cross was enough. It came early in extra time after 90 minutes in which tempers had frayed to the point of scandal.

Ivanovic was offered the freedom of Liverpool's penalty area by absent-minded man-marking from...

 By Mark Worrall

Chelsea's cup tie with Liverpool a chance to rebound from Bradford woe

Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea's FA Cup exit to Bradford to spark a positive reaction in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal with Liverpool on Tuesday.

A week is a long time in football. Having thrashed Swansea City 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium, Premier League table toppers Chelsea rocked up at Anfield this pastTuesday for a Capital One Cup semifinal first-leg tie with Liverpool and came away with a creditable 1-1 draw. Advantage Jose Mourinho. All smiles at Stamford Bridge -- beat Bradford City in the FA Cup, beat the Reds in the second leg and keep the champagne on ice, Chelsea are off to Wembley twice.

If only life was that simple.

With the...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

#FCtalkingpoints: Cup upsets, Messi and Neymar, Ronaldo, money league

Bradford came back from two goals down to win 4-2 to send the Blues out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Manchester United dominated possession but could manage only a goalless FA Cup draw with Cambridge United. Chelsea and Manchester City also endured embarrassing defeats in their FA Cup matches, while Arsenal survived a scare of their own vs. Brighton Hove and Albion.

What was the most surprising FA Cup result this weekend?

Financial advisors Deloitte released...

 By Mark Worrall

Chelsea's players fail to build on a fine start and exit the FA Cup

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho spoke to the press following his side's stunning loss to Bradford City in the FA Cup, and noted that this defeat was one of the worst he had ever endured as a manager.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down how the big boys came up short in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Bolton's 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the FA Cup.

Having eased into a 2-0 lead courtesy of a flicked goal from Gary Cahill that was reminiscent of Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola's legendary strike against Norwich City, as well as a decent effort from Ramires, it seemed like passage to the fifth round of the FA Cup was secure, but Bradford had other ideas and responded to win 4-2.

The first real sign that Jose Mourinho was not happy came in the 70th minute when he took off the ineffective John Obi Mikel and Mohamed Salah and sent on Cesc Fabregas...

John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Chelsea embarrassed by an inspired Bradford City in the FA Cup

Bradford came back from two goals down to win 4-2 to send the Blues out of the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge.
ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down how the big boys came up short in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

LONDON -- Three thoughts from Chelsea's embarrassing 4-2 defeat to League One side Bradford City at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round Saturday.

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1. Bradford shock sorry Chelsea

Jose Mourinho said he would be in disgrace if he lost this tie. Such a fate now awaits him. "I am ashamed," he admitted straight afterwards, also affirming that this was the worst defeat of his managerial career with a simple "yes" when the question was asked.

Two goals clear, then 3-2 down, then 4-2. Bradford...