Jamie Carragher comments on Chelsea’s quadruple chances

Chelsea kept their quadruple hopes alive by beating Derby County to reach the League Cup semi-final.

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side are the best team in England but will find it extremely difficult to win a famous quadruple.

It is a feat which has never happened before in English football, with Manchester United coming closest as they secured a memorable treble in 1999.

The Blues are big favourites to win the League Cup after recently reaching the semi-final and top the Premier League table heading in to the festive period.

However, despite showing very little weaknesses to date, there is a sense of belief that the loss of key players such as Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic for a period of time could cause the team to falter.

The latter was ruled out of the recent clash at Newcastle United and his absence was sorely missed as Mourinho’s side suffered their first and only defeat of the season.

The likelihood of a similar occurrence is almost inevitable, a stance Carragher agrees with as he admits even the very best teams will fall somewhere down the line.

“It will be very difficult. There was talk of them going unbeaten and that went and I would imagine sooner or later they will lose a game in a cup competition. That is normal for any team really,” the former Liverpool defender told Sky Sports.

“They are the best side in the country and one of the top sides in Europe, but no team in England has ever won the quadruple.”

“United did the treble in 1999 but I’m not sure winning all four will ever be done. It’s very difficult. I am sure Jose Mourinho would be happy if he got a couple of trophies this season.”

The West Londoners have a busy festive period and they will be hoping to take maximum points as title rivals Manchester City are piling on the pressure with an excellent run of victories.

In the Champions League, an eagerly anticipated clash with French giants Paris Saint-Germain awaits them in the round of 16 knockout stages.

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