- All talk about finishing the season is currently focused on the league.
- However, there are still 7 games left to play for in the FA Cup, and Chelsea are still in the running.
- Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes wrapping up the cup inside 8 days after the league is done would be an exciting solution.
"The FA should get on board with a radical experiment to complete their fixtures. I would love to see this season’s FA Cup rescheduled to resemble the final stages of a World Cup, all the remaining games played after the conclusion of the Premier League," ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wrote in his Telegraph column.
"Imagine it. Quarter-finals could be played on the Friday and Saturday after the last Premier League weekend. Midweek semi-finals could then be immediately followed by the final, the competition concluded in eight days. It could be a thrilling finale to a season which, in the Premier League at least, is all about the top four and relegation places once play resumes.
"Whether the FA finds it palatable or not, there is a valid reason why the conversations about completing this campaign are focused on the league, where the financial implications are far more serious for all involved. To re-assemble players and staff only to enforce another break for the FA Cup makes no sense and would be counter-productive.
"I am not convinced any of the clubs involved would have an appetite for pausing the Premier League to play in the Cup in the current circumstances."
There are 7 games still to be played for in the FA Cup, with Chelsea facing Leicester away from home in one of the quarter-finals. The league has been mute on the subject of the FA Cup though, so it's hard to guess their line of thinking.
Teams would likely have to play twice a week anyway after the league restart to have at least some sort of break before the next campaign begins. It's hard to see them squeezing another three rounds of cup games in but it's equally tough to ask them to prolong the campaign and eat away at the break.
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