Updated: Jan 24, 2021
On a bitter cold Sunday afternoon in south-west London, Chelsea begun their FA Cup campaign with a win against League 2 side Morecambe, with new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz back amongst the goals.
The Blues welcomed Morecambe to Stamford Bridge, with The Shrimps playing their first game since Boxing Day due to incidents related to COVID-19.
Frank Lampard made 6 changes to the side that lost to Manchester City last weekend, which saw the likes of Emerson and Kepa Arrizabalaga rotated back into the team, with the Spaniard making his 100th appearance for the club.
As many would have expected, the opening five minutes saw Chelsea dominate possession, the Blues sized up their opponents, looking for a way to unlock the Morecambe defence.
The visitors looked well organised which resulted in a couple of long-range attempts from Chelsea. Italian international Emerson tried his luck – but his snapshot from the edge of the penalty area caused no bother.
11 minutes in and there was nearly a shock lead at the Bridge as Adam Phillips found himself in space on the right-hand side, he then directed the ball towards goal and nearly caught Arrizabalaga out of position. The Chelsea goalkeeper was firstly anticipating a cross, but did well to recover and prevent an early Morecambe lead.
Just 6 minutes later Chelsea found themselves with the opener as Mason Mount scored, celebrating his 22nd birthday in style. The England international converted with an excellent effort from range, with there being nothing that goalkeeper Mark Halstead could do to prevent it.
A few minutes later Chelsea nearly doubled their lead, this time through defender Antonio Rüdiger who struggled to keep down his volley from close range.
There were positive signs for the visitors who looked to create chances once again through Adam Phillips, but each time it was managed with ease from what was a confident Chelsea backline.
A chance later fell for German forward Timo Werner after a clearance had fell his way following a cross from Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta. Despite the ball kindly falling for the striker, he snatched at his effort, which flew way over the crossbar.
On the 44th minute, Chelsea eventually found their second, and this time Timo Werner was able to convert. The new summer signings combined in a goal that would bring a smile to Frank Lampard’s face, as Hakim Ziyech’s cross found Kai Havertz, who with a header across the face of goal created an easy tap-in for the out of form Chelsea striker. The goal saw an end to Werner’s 12 game goal drought across all competitions.
After taking a comfortable two goal lead into the break at halftime, Chelsea then made it 3-0 just three minutes into the second half. It was Hakim Ziyech involved once again, with the Moroccan picking out a well-timed run from Callum Hudson-Odoi, who’s finish did enough to add to Chelsea’s growing tally.
5 minutes later there was a chance for Chelsea to make it four, with Timo Werner looking to repay the favour as he found Kai Havertz with a tidy through ball, but the German’s attempt failed to hit the target.
On the 59th minute, Havertz was involved once more, combining with goal scorer Mason Mount. Mount aimed to square the ball across goal, but the attack was then halted following a clearance from Morecambe defender Harry Davis.
Chelsea then continued to dominate, and Halstead was later called into action to deny both Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic through a fantastic double-save that kept the game at 3-0.
However, on the 84th minute, Havertz got his goal and it was 4-0 to Chelsea. A well-worked goal from the Blues after Azpilcueta’s cross found Havertz from 6 yards out, and he made no mistake with his conversion.
Overall, Frank Lampard will be pleased with his side’s performance with it being a comfortable win that has booked Chelsea a place in the 4th round of the FA Cup. Credit must also be given to Morecambe, with Derek Adam’s side defending brilliantly and giving their all from start to finish.
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Craven Cottage on Friday, as the Blues will look for back-to-back wins against south-west London rivals Fulham. For Morecambe, they will travel to London once again next weekend as they face Leyton Orient.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta ©, Zouma (80’), Rüdiger, Emerson; Gilmour, Mount (74’), Havertz; Ziyech (68’), Werner (68’), Hudson-Odoi (80’).
- Giroud (68’), Pulisic (68’), Abraham (74’), Tomori (80’), Anjorin (80’).
Morecambe: Halstead; Cooney (62’), Davis, Knight-Pericval, Hendrie (62’); Wildig ©, Songo’o, Slew (62’), Phillips, Mendes Gomes (74’); Stockton (86’).
- Gibson (62’), Mellor (62’), O’Sullivan (62’), Lyons (74’), McAlinden (86’).
Chelsea (85%) vs. Morecambe (15%)
Chelsea (25) vs. Morecambe (3)
Shots on target:
Chelsea (8) vs. Morecambe (3)
Chelsea (8) vs Morecambe (0)
Chelsea (10) vs. Morecambe (2)
- (statistics via BBC Sport).
(video via The Emirates FA Cup)