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EFL Cup semifinals to be played in two legs

Carabao Cup - EFL semifinals in two legs

From the upcoming Carabao Cup season, the semi-finals would be played in two legs for the EFL Cup

The last year’s ( 2020-21 ) semifinal was decided with only one match played in September. As after the coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of the campaign.

The last time when the EFL tournament was played in the two legs was back in the 1960s. Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the EFL told the PA news agency that the regular format has now been reinstated.

The semifinal ties will be played between January 3 and January 10 next year. Normally there is a two weeks time between the first leg and second leg. However, now the time period has been reduced and brought closer. As the additional, non-UEFA international window takes place at the end of January and will go on till early February.

The Carabao Cup format is going through a long term threat from the UEFA’s plan. As the plan is to refurbish its club competitions from 2024 onwards.

The plan is to expand the Champions League from 125 matches to 225 matches from 2024. Moreover, there have been talks that aspects of the format could be revisited as part of a wider look. Thus, this might be due to the formats prompted by the foundation and swift collapse of the European Super League.

The new formate of UEFA champions League might result in reduction of EFL Cup Matches

EFL chairman Rick Parry has expressed concerns that a Champions League revamp poses a major threat to the Carabao Cup (Mike Egerton/PA)

EFL chairman Rick Parry said in March that proposals have posed a “serious threat” to the League Cup and by extension to EFL clubs who he estimated would lose on the third current revenue if the competition was substantially altered.

Parry also took UEFA’s proposal in consideration of including four extra rounds in the Champions League to occupy the midweek slots.

The Premier League is set to seek influence for January so that it will be clear for domestic football.

The UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told The Times in an interview that it would be better if the Carabao Cup is scrapped.

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