The latest round of FA Cup fixtures has produced some of the biggest upsets in recent memory with Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Norwich City, QPR and Aston Villa all unexpectedly going out of the tournament.With a large number of FA Cup upsets over the weekend, there will be many questioning the commitment of bigger sides this morning in the competition.
With a large number of FA Cup upsets over the weekend, there will be many questioning the commitment of bigger sides this morning in the competition.
Is it possible that these sides aren’t actually too bothered by their cup exits due to their league commitments? This goes a long way to insulting the magic of the FA Cup.
Spurs and Liverpool in particular did not play poor sides and both teams named a number of top, regular starting, stars but Spurs were trumped away by Leeds United and Liverpool were beaten by League One’s Liverpool.
No side will readily admit that they don’t particularly care about being in a certain competition but there are massive questions over the commitment of Premier League players this past weekend.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the big sides that went out of the competition did so deliberately. In each case, their opposition raised their game to a level beyond normal and produced superb performances.
The point is that the likes of Spurs, Liverpool and Norwich won’t be too bothered about not still being in the FA Cup.
Spurs would take a Champions League place over an FA Cup win, as would Liverpool. Norwich, QPR and Aston Villa would all take comfortable Premier League survival over a long run in the FA Cup which may well involve replays.
Even Chelsea named a side against Brentford that included Frank Lampard, John Terry, Fernando Torres, Juan Mata and Oscar among others. These are all players that easily make Premier League sides each week.
Brentford dug in and got a 2-2 draw from the match meaning a chance to go and play at Stamford Bridge.
Ask Rafa Benitez in private and he will probably say he’d prefer not to have another match, regardless of that meaning whether Chelsea won or not over the weekend.
The number of disappointing performances from big sides over the weekend does not damage the FA Cup, if anything it makes it more exciting and brings more underdogs into the equation.
This in turn makes it all the more unpredictable but followers of the big sides will be disappointed today after looking at the teams that were named, the performances that were produced and the results.
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