The Carabao Cup final is usually held in late February, as it’s the first opportunity for English clubs to lift a trophy. But not this year. Today the EFL announced that it is moving the League Cup final at Wembley Stadium back to April 25 to give the world a chance to recover from the coronavirus.
The EFL really really really wants there to be fans in Wembley Stadium for cup finals this season. That’s not just for financial reasons (though that’s certainly a good reason) but because the idea of a club lifting a trophy with no fans around to celebrate it would be a real buzzkill.
For Tottenham Hotspur, the Carabao Cup represents one of their best opportunities to win silverware this season. Moving the final to April 25 would mean, should Spurs make the final, they would need to reschedule the away match against Fulham on April 24. It would still be a difficult week, as Spurs could potentially also play the first leg of the Europa League semifinal afterwards. Hope springs eternal!
The quarterfinals will be played this week, and Spurs play at Stoke City this Wednesday . Though it’s never good to underestimate a Championship opponent, they should certainly be good enough to beat 7th place Stoke. Let’s just hope it’s not a cold rainy night.