Blue Mondays: Cup Matches Galore!

In the upcoming week, Chelsea’s fixtures are once again stacked with cup action. After picking up a comfortable 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge last week, the Blues will look to finish the job off on Wednesday to reach the final of the Carabao Cup.

Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

One Foot at Wembley:

A cup semi-final is always a massive game. If you throw into the mix that the opposition is Tottenham and Antonio Conte is returning to Stamford Bridge – the stakes are raised to a whole other level.

Ahead of the game, Chelsea reported two more positive cases of COVID-19, but still had a strong enough side to come out the traps hot in front of an expectant crowd at Stamford Bridge.

The home fans didn’t have to wait long before Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead, who made the most of some horrific defending from the visitors. The Blues controlled from the opening whistle, and in the 34th minute Tottenham gifted Chelsea a second with a Ben Davies own goal.

Chelsea stayed in control throughout the second half and saw the game out, taking a 2-0 lead into the next week’s second leg.

(credit | Sky Sports Football).

Routine FA Cup Victory:

The third round of the FA Cup sees National League leaders Chesterfield travel to Stamford Bridge. With 91 places separating the two sides, it really was a tie that contained everything that the FA Cup is famous for.

With two massive games coming in the next seven days, Thomas Tuchel opted to make seven changes to his side whilst handing debuts to Marcus Bettinelli and 17-year-old Lewis Hall, who became the youngest Chelsea player to play in the FA Cup.

It didn’t take the hosts long to take the lead as Timo Werner tapped home after five minutes. Within the next 15 minutes, Chelsea added two more. Strikes from Callum Hudson-Odoi and Romelu Lukaku gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead, with Andreas Christensen making it four before the break.

Half-time saw a couple of changes for the Blues with Christensen receiving the captain’s armband. As the game rolled on, Christian Pulisic won a second half penalty that was converted by Hakim Ziyech. Akwasi Asante grabbed a late consolation for the visitors, which was netted in front of an ecstatic Chesterfield support.

Chelsea saw the rest of the game out, and have been drawn to face Plymouth Argyle in the fourth round of the competition.

(credit | The Emirates FA Cup).

The Second Leg vs Spurs:

The Blues will travel to North London on Wednesday with a 2-0 lead, following last weeks’ victory at The Bridge.

Thomas Tuchel currently has a 100% record in semi-finals, which he will look to keep as Chelsea look to make the League Cup final for the 9th time. The Blues have won the competition five times, with the last victory coming in 2015.

The Champions Away:

The big games keep coming as Thomas Tuchel’s side travel to the Eithad Stadium on Saturday to take on Manchester City in the lunchtime kick-off. Chelsea will be looking to avenge the 1-0 defeat from earlier in the season as they look to put both City and Liverpool under more pressure at the top of the table.

This will be the 171st time that the two sides have locked horns, and while overall Chelsea have a decent record, away from home its not that great with City winning 41 of the 89 games.


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