Chelsea woes continued as they crashed 5-4 on penalties after extra time in the fifth round of the Capital One Cup clash against ten man Stoke City at the Britannia stadium.
It was Jose Mourinho’s seventh defeat of the season with Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi making his third start this season for the struggling Blues.
Loic Remy struck an injury time equaliser to force extra time after Jonathan Walters had fired hosts ahead seven minutes after the restart in the second half.
The Premier League champions also could be without Diego Costa for their crunch clash against Liverpool this weekend after he was reportedly taken to hospital with a chest injury.
Without the Spaniard, the Blues pushed hard for a winner in extra-time at the Britannia but could not find a way past Butland, who made a sharp late stop to keep the game level.
Stoke had Phil Bardsley sent off for a rough tackle on youngster Kennedy but the Blues could not break the impregnable Potters in front of the home fans who held on for the added 30 minutes to force penalties.
The quartet of Willian, Oscar, Zouma and Remy all scored their spot kicks but Off form Eden Hazard saw his kisk saved by Jack Butland.
Odemwingie who came on for goalscorer, Jonathan Walters converted Stoke City’s second spot kick in the thrilling encounter just as Xherdan Shaqiri,Charlie Adam,Marc Wilson and Marko Arnautovic did.
Sheffield Wednesday, Stoke, Hull and Everton all advanced to the quarter-final of the League Cup while Chelsea and Arsenal were the big-name casualties on the night.