The ‘magic’ of the FA Cup

With all the FA cup matches that have taken place this last weekend there has been the usual hype about the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup. I suspect the reality is somewhat different for most premiership clubs, whose main concern is staying in the PL and maybe getting into the European places! For them it is at best a distraction and at worst a nightmare.

There have been more than the usual number of upsets this weekend, but that isn’t ‘magic’ for all the clubs concerned. For example Chelsea and Manchester City are out, and Liverpool and Manchester United have replays. Getting knocked out is bad for team morale, and having a replay means yet another match to schedule in an already crowded timetable.

For premier league clubs, playing in Europe, either in the Champions League or the Europa League is an aspiration, and is far more important than the FA Cup. This is not just a matter of finance, but also prestige.

I think it will only be a matter of time before we see the FA Cup (and even more so the League Cup) becoming the province of the Championship and the lower leagues. PL clubs have neither the time nor the interest to participate any more, and although it might be a while before they admit it, it will happen sooner rather than later!

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