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In Wednesday night's League Cup game between Chelsea and the Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti made some interesting decisions, which are resulting in a lot of criticism and one of the largest stories in sports news at the moment.
At half time, when Chelsea was down 1-0, Ancelotti made the decision to bring in all three subs. Ancelotti said, "I felt we fielded a strong team... But in the first half they did not play well. That is why I used all three substitutes". He went on to say that this is not something that he usually does, but in this case he believed it to be the best move strategically.
The subbed team did well, bringing the score up from 1-0 to a tied 3-3. However, in the second half Salomon Kalou was injured and had to leave the game so Chelsea was left with only 10 players against 11. For a 10 on 11 game, Chelsea played surprisingly well. However, when it came down to penalties, Blackburn came out on top. Chelsea's teenage prospect, Gael Kakuta, took the final penalty kick, which was saved by Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson to boost the Rovers into the final four. Ancelotti says he believed Kakuta could handle the penalty.
Ancelotti spent the hours following the match defending himself and his decisions. However, from a sports betting perspective, fans that placed a sports bet on the game could have been sorely hurt by Ancelotti's rash decision-making.