English soccer’s League Cup will retain two-legged semi-finals for subsequent season regardless of fears of a fixture pile-up brought on by the enlargement of European competitions.
Although the League Cup options Premier League groups, the event is run by the English Football League (EFL), which controls the three divisions under the highest flight.
There has been hypothesis the EFL would conform to decreasing the semi-finals to a single recreation in return for further funding from the rich Premier League.
But no such provide has been tabled, with EFL chief govt Trevor Birch saying Wednesday: “As it stands there is no agreement in place to make any changes to the Carabao (League) Cup’s two-legged semi-final format, which continues to provide significant financial benefit to EFL clubs.
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“The league remains committed to a review of the calendar, but any significant changes cannot be made unilaterally and would need to come with significant levels of compensation and adopted as part of any new distribution deal with the Premier League and its clubs.”
Chelsea booked its place within the February 25 remaining at Wembley with a 6-1 second-leg thrashing of second-tier Middlesbrough on Tuesday.
Fulham and Liverpool play the second leg of the opposite semi-final on Wednesday, with Premier League chief Liverpool presently 2-1 forward.
England’s governing Football Association has but to announce whether or not replays will nonetheless characteristic within the third and fourth rounds of subsequent season’s FA Cup.