This week we have yet again seen most of the “big” clubs bow out of the league cup with little more than a whimper.
Arsenal and Manchester United struggled to generate meaningful attempts on goal, never mind coming close to scoring one against 2 championship clubs in the shape of Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough. Yes, both teams are in decent form, but still lower league opposition none the less.
Wednesday and Middlesbrough were both set up prepared to defend but both played some good football and were both worthy winners in my opinion.
The Arsenal back 4 consisted of full internationals which between them have more than 250 caps yet they were torn apart at times by Ross Wallace and Barry Bannan, 2 players who you could argue are drinking in the last chance saloon.
Whilst Man United never looked like breaking down a stubborn Boro side with the “next generation players” of Lingaard, Wilson and Perreira.
So what are the main points here?
- Why only use the league cup to play these youngsters? How will they learn to get better after these defeats?
- Do you honestly expect to win the competition with the squads you choose?
- Whose decision is it to prioritise competitions?
As a dedicated and football loving fan I know how special cup final days are, I don’t remember the years where my teams finished 3rd which guaranteed European football, or the fact that we were knocked out in the early stages.
I, like most others, can name the dates and years in which we reached the finals and even more so the ones in which we were triumphant! The days where our skipper lifted that trophy above his head and the roar and buzz that it created, days that will live with me forever.
These are the memories and feelings that the likes of LVG and Arsene Wenger are choosing to deny their fans.
It’s about time domestic success was treated equally as important as Champions League cash.
Good luck to the 8 teams remaining in the competition and here’s hoping someone creates a lifelong memory.