LONDON - The managers of Chelsea and Liverpool went through the motions of expressing disappointment at exiting the League Cup.
In reality, the Premier League pacesetters removed an irritating distraction from their pursuit of the Premier League title.
The greatest benefit for both teams on Wednesday was star strikers Didier Drogba (Chelsea) and Fernando Torres (Liverpool) making their first starts in more than a month. Drogba scored in the Blues' loss to Burnley on penalties. - Sapa-AP