Carabao Cup Quarter Final Draw Took Place With A Lot of Drama
The quarter-final draw for this season’s Carabao Cup has taken place in what was yet another shambles for the EFL.
Last season’s winners Manchester United booked their place in the last eight with a comfortable 2-0 win over Swansea on Tuesday night and have been rewarded with a trip to the only remaining Football League side, Bristol City.
Arsenal, who made the draw by scraping past Norwich in extra-time thanks to the heroics of 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah, face a London derby against West Ham, who put their dismal form behind them by staging a thrilling comeback against Spurs at Wembley.
Manchester City were forced even further into their tie as they had to beat Championship leaders Wolves on penalties and Pep Guardiola’s men face another Midlands side, Leicester City.
Chelsea, victorious against Everton in the last round, will meet Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in the last eight.
Farcical scenes saw the draw – scheduled to be live streamed on Twitter at 4pm – eventually take place 90 minutes later, with a pre-recorded video then put out by League Cup sponsors Carabao rather than fans being able to see the draw take place as it happened.
It opens the EFL up to more criticism, with previous draws having also failed to go to plan.
July’s first round draw was made in Bangkok and broadcast live on Facebook, but saw the draw crash after only one team had been drawn, while Charlton Athletic were drawn twice.
The second round draw left John Salako – the draw-maker – flummoxed, as matches were drawn and announced the wrong way around, leaving clubs uncertain whether they were home or away.
Round three would then be drawn at 4.15am, much to the disgust of supporters.
The EFL have subsequently apologised for the “third party technical issues” that affected coverage of the quarter-final draw.
“The EFL would like to apologise for a number of third party technical issues that affected coverage of today’s previously advertised Carabao Cup Round Five live draw at Twitter HQ.
“The EFL has received an apology from Twitter UK for the delay which is believed to have occurred as a result of a faulty encoder.
“The EFL has requested a full explanation into the events that led to this afternoon’s unacceptable delay.
“Twitter has also apologised to supporters via their UK Twitter account.
“A Twitter spokesman said: “We’re sorry for the issues that led to the delay of today’s Round Five draw. We would also like to apologise to the thousands of supporters who had been patiently awaiting news of who their team would be playing.”
Quarter-final draw in full :
Chelsea vs Bournemouth
Arsenal vs West Ham
Leicester City vs Manchester City
Bristol City vs Manchester United