Despite calls by the managers involved for the matches to be played as single games this season, the CARABAO cup semifinals will still proceed as a two-legged encounter.
Chelsea will host city rivals Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday January 5, before heading over to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium a week later on Wednesday January 12 for the return fixture.
Arsenal will play host to Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday January 6 before travelling to Anfield for the return match on Thursday January 13.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Kloop, said, “I think it would be better with one game absolutely. If there are two games, then we will play two games. But it would be helpful if there was only one.”
Spurs boss, Antonio Conte, also expressed his displeasure at the two-legged tie. “Honestly, if I had to decide, maybe it would be to play one game and not two”, he said.
The calls are as a result of a number of Premier League games being postponed over the Yuletide period – including matches involving Liverpool and Spurs – that will need to be rearranged in the new year.
All four clubs will still be involved in FA Cup action come January, competing in the third round and possibly the fourth round should they progress. This will bring about more fixture congestion.