Carragher explains how Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United will affect Chelsea

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher doesn’t expect Chelsea’s 2-1 Carabao Cup loss to Manchester United to affect Chelsea’s Premier League form.

Carragher expects Chelsea to continue to impress in the league and he has predicted a top four finish for the Blues.

“I was a bit worried about Chelsea at the start of the season,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “A young manager, not much experience.

“They’d lost the best player in the league, in Eden Hazard, and they couldn’t bring players in.

“We know they’ve had a great youth team for years. They were going to give them a chance. But they haven’t just taken that chance, they look like proper, top players.

“You’re thinking, in two or three years’ time, this could be really special. A team with homegrown players. You think of what Manchester United did all those years ago.

“But there’s no doubt, over the next few years, that will have to be supplemented with superstars to challenge for the league again. I don’t see them challenging this season.

“If they finish in the top four this season, Frank Lampard has done a brilliant job. I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up a cup competition. It really does look like exciting times. The brilliant thing is, the supporters are loving it.

“Even at the start of the season, when they were having a few iffy results, everyone was still behind it, because they hadn’t seen this before – young players coming through.

“So that helped Frank. He always had the support of the crowd and the media, because they couldn’t buy a player, so he was always going to get that little bit longer.

“From a Liverpool point of view, you’re thinking, what a result that was, going to Chelsea and winning. You wouldn’t want to go to Chelsea now.

“We mustn’t forget, they lost the best attacker, in Hazard, they’ve been without their best midfielder, in N’Golo Kante – he’s hardly played – and their best defender is Antonio Rudiger, and he’s barely played.

“Think how strong they will be when those players return. One experienced centre-back alongside a young one. Kante, who is as good as any midfielder in the world.

“Get those two back and I’m pretty confident they will finish in the top four.”

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