The four teams involved in the semifinals of the League Cup that are played this week as well as in the final will be able to make five substitutions instead of three, as announced on Monday by the English Football League (EFL) in order to relieve in the As much as possible, the excessive physical load derived from this season’s demanding calendar, which culminates in the Christmas marathon of Premier League matches with three games played between December 26 and tonight with Southampton-Liverpool.
The Premier League voted against allowing teams to make five substitutions per game this season, a move taken last season when competition resumed after the Covid-19 pandemic hiatus, but the EFL has made the decision after consultation. with the four surviving clubs in the League Cup. In addition to the five substitutions, they can include nine substitutes on the bench.
In the first semifinal of the English League Cup, José Mourinho’s Tottenham will host Second Division Brentford tomorrow, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United will face their eternal citizen rival Manchester City on Wednesday at Old Trafford by Pep Guardiola.
Semifinals to a single match and final in April
Unlike other seasons, the semifinals will be a single game in order to lighten the schedule, even tighter than normal this season with the previous one ending later than usual due to the three-month break due to the pandemic.
The League Cup final, which usually takes place in February, has been moved to April 25 this year in the hope that Wembley fans will be able to attend. Stadiums are currently closed to the public in the United Kingdom due to restrictions derived from the increase in infections by Covid-19.