The domestic cups are unimportant to England’s best clubs. We can tell by the teams they field and the statements they make.
However, English football requires a smaller Premier League, not smaller cup competitions.
English football’s highest league is expected to be elite. That is the pitch. However, it is deceptive.
The Premier League is fantastic at the top, but it is a disaster at the bottom. Football is a shambles, and it has been for a decade. A 20-team league isn’t justified by standards near the bottom of the standings. The only thing that keeps the status quo going is money.