Updated: Feb 22
After defending their World Championship title against Crystal Palace on the weekend, Chelsea look forward to a week that ends with a League Cup final at Wembley.
Written by @ArmadilloBlue1.
Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Hot Streak Against Eagles Continues:
Chelsea returned from the heat of Abu Dhabi to visit a cold and wet Selhurst Park for their latest Premier League encounter.
With the world champions badge added on the shirt, it was another frustrating game with both teams failing to stamp their authority on the game. Most Chelsea fans must have been thinking that it wasn’t going to be the Blues day when Hakim Ziyech had a goal disallowed, with Romelu Lukaku adjudged to have been offside before he shot (unsure whether it counts as one of his seven touches on the day).
The game was drifting towards a 0-0 draw when Marcos Alonso’s deep cross found Ziyech at the far post who slotted the ball between Jack Butland’s legs.
This prompted complete mayhem in the away section.
There was still a late chance for Palace but Chelsea held on and were serenaded off with the chants of “Champions of the World”.
The Champions of Europe return to the competition that they won last May with a last 16 home tie against the current French Champions Lille at Stamford Bridge. The two sides have only met twice before, with Chelsea winning both games 2-1.
The last game was played in December 2019 at Stamford Bridge. The match was decided by a 35th minute winner by César Azpilicueta, as the Blues won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.
Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea will then end the week with the League Cup final at Wembley, taking on Liverpool in a blockbuster matchup between two of Europe’s finest.
Chelsea’s league cup record is perhaps surprisingly good against the Reds, with the London club winning four of the eight games in this competition – including the 2005 final that was played on the 27th February in Cardiff.
The Blues will be pick up their third trophy of the season on Sunday.