Bad News For Liverpool? Four Of The Last Six EFL Cup Winners Have Gone On To Be Champions
The curse has long been lifted. There was a time when many believed that winning the EFL Cup in March had a detrimental effect on a team’s run-in.
Indeed, from 2010-2013, the trophy regarded as the least important out of the four available to the big clubs was won by Manchester United, Birmingham City, Liverpool and Swansea City respectively.
None of those teams enjoyed a successful end to the season, in fact, it led to the downfall of the winning managers. For Swansea, the 5-0 win against Bradford City marked the beginning of the end for Michael Laudrup who was out of a job within 12 months.
Birmingham City were relegated in the same season they defeated Arsenal to clinch the cup, while Kenny Dalglish’s League Cup triumph wasn’t enough to see him keep his job come the end of the season.
However, since that period, the top clubs have heightened their thirst for trophies and have started to take the competition seriously.
A stat that may have Liverpool fans fearing the worst, four of the last six League Cup winners have won the Premier League title in the same season – which doesn’t bode well after Sunday.
Manchester City retained the Carabao Cup last weekend after a dramatic penalty shoot-out win against Chelsea with the teams at a deadlock after 120 minutes of football.
Pep Guardiola’s men thrashed the Blues 6-0 a few weeks ago but as expected in a final, form went out of the window and it formed into a competitive game.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side in 2015 and Manuel Pellegrini’s Man City also won the double.
With Liverpool still to face the likes of Everton, Tottenham and Chelsea in their remaining games, the momentum is certainly with the champions.
Guardiola’s men are the form team in the division and after defeating Arsenal, Everton and Chelsea in the space of a week, they have sent out a statement in the title race.