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Ruud Gullit, former Chelsea manager, told BBC Sport: “Romelu Lukaku scored a fantastic goal. The way he turned Gary Cahill, an experienced player, he came with power and pace. This game needed something magical, I loved it. This is the FA Cup, it is a good thing that the two teams had nothing to play for elsewhere”

Then, he added: “Diego Costa ’s reaction summed up what he did before. He banged into him and Gareth Barry says, ‘OK’. Did he bite him?”

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Chelsea starting XI:

Courtois 5- No big saves to make, but couldn’t keep out Lukaku. First strike unstoppable but the second was drilled between his legs. A poor season for Courtois.

Azpilicueta 4- Couldn’t get going when pushing forward, with no real influence on the match, shrugged off by Lukaku for his first.

Ivanovic (c) 4- Completely out of his depth all season. Overpowered by Lukaku for his first. Showed very few signs of leadership.

Cahill 3- Turned inside out for Lukaku’s first goal, pretty much falling over himself. His standards have become lower and lower throughout the season.

Kenedy 4- Played fairly well going forward. But played Lukaku onside for his second goal. Is not a natural left-back and should not be playing there.

Mikel 4- Overrun in midfield, looking like the immobile player he was under Mourinho. Couldn’t get anything going from midfield.

Matic 4- More agile then Mikel in the middle, but can’t reach the heights of last season. Looked to push forward but couldn’t influence the game.

Willian 5- Chelsea’s stand out player of the season couldn’t find a way through. His first half free kick was well saved by Robles.

Fabregas 5- Picking the ball up all over the field. A lovely pass played in Costa but couldn’t find enough space in forward positions.

Pedro 4- Ineffective out wide on the left, has plenty of energy, but couldn’t find an end product and his first touch was suspect at times.

Costa 5- Although he was sent off in the closing minutes, he looked like the man to make things happen and brought the passion needed for a quarter final. More players need to take note. Can’t be going over the top like he did tonight.

Subs:

Oscar 4- Only came on with 15 minutes to go, in a difficult period for Chelsea, but he seems to have lost his way in the last year or so.

Remy- N/A

Terry- Came on for his 700th club appearance in the final few minutes. Surely needs to be given a new deal with Chelsea in this mess.

Manager:

Guus Hiddink 4- The team did not need two holding midfielders in Matic and Mikel. This was needed on Wednesday night against PSG to keep the game tight. But they lacked creativity with both of them in there.

Kenedy is not a left back and was suspect for Lukaku’s second. Chelsea have two key defenders out and a £20 million defender in Baba Rahman still can’t get in to the team.

The Blues worst performance during Hiddink’s reign. With the season now effectively over, Chelsea need to use the final few games of the season to build ahead.

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Chelsea take on Everton at Goodison Park in the FA Cup quarter final. As the Blues come off the back of a disappointing defeat in the Champions League to PSG.

The FA Cup, now the only piece of silverware Chelsea can compete for the Blues fielded their strongest possible side. Hazard the only absentee from the side that played PSG and he was replaced for Nemanja Matic, as Fabregas pushed slightly further upfield.

After a very stop start first half hour, in which there were few chances created. A yellow card was given to Costa for a challenge on Barry. Soon followed by a nasty tackle by Coleman on Pedro in which the Spaniard took his time in returning to the action.

A half chance soon came for Everton after a long looping ball in from the right found Lukaku who managed to pull away from his defender but was always stretching and couldn’t get enough on his header to trouble Courtois.

Chelsea had a sustained period of pressure in the Everton third of the pitch, easily passing the ball around, but unable to create any real chances of note. A quicker tempo was needed to break the well organised Everton defence.

It took till the 43rd minute for Chelsea to have their first shot on target. After Jagielka fouled Fabregas 30 yards from goal and was booked for his challenge. Willian went on to take the free-kick and fizzed a strike in that was tipped over by Robles.

The second half started just as slow as the first half had finished. Funes Mori found space at an Everton corner but could only head over.

But just as we approached the hour mark, Fabregas picked the ball up and drove into space to slide in Diego Costa who managed to round Robles but at an extremely tight angle rolled the ball across the Everton goal line. Just like on Wednesday Costa looks like the man to make something happen for Chelsea tonight.

Everton then came back in to the game, looking quick and precise on the counter attack and with Lukaku leading the line, he was nearly played in one on one with Courtois and just managed to get a toe to it, but the Belgian keeper managed to smother it away. One of Everton’s clearest sights of goal.

After his first half chance, Lukaku then went one better. An incredible run by the Belgian forward, beating off Ivanovic and Azpilicueta driving in to the box past Mikel and then dummied Cahill twice to strike low in to the far corner of the goal and make it 1-0 to Everton.

Lukaku soon had his second of the night, sinking Chelsea’s season. He was played in behind the Blues defence with Kenedy playing him onside and struck it with his right foot, through the legs of Courtois and make it 2-0.

The game had been threatening to boil over, and a frustrated Costa was fouled by Barry, got up and put his head into Barry’s and both were booked but it was a second yellow for Costa and subsequently got sent off. Just two minutes later Barry was booked for taking out Fabregas and both were down to 10 men for the final 5 minutes.

This poor performance from Chelsea has essentially brought an early end to a terrible season. The quicker it is over the better.

EVERTON – Robles, Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka (c), Baines, Cleverley, Barry, Lennon (Stones 88′), McCarthy, Barkley (Besic 90+2), Lukaku (Niasse 90+4)

Unused subs: Howard, Osman, Deulofeu, Kone.

Yellow cards: Jagielka, Barry

Red card: Barry 87′

Goals: Lukaku 78′ 82′

Manager: Roberto Martinez

CHELSEA – Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic (c), Kenedy (Terry 83′); Mikel, Matic (Remy 81′); Willian (Oscar 73′), Fabregas, Pedro; Diego Costa

Unused Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, Loftus-Cheek, Traore.

Yellow cards: Costa , Fabregas 

Red cards: Costa 84′

Manager: Guus Hiddink

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

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TEAM NEWS

Everton

  • Kevin Mirallas is unavailable through his suspension for the red card in the 3-2 loss to West Ham;
  • Browning and Tony Hibbert are both injured, while Tom Cleverley, Gareth Barry and Aaron Lennon are doubts.

Chelsea

  • Diego Costa and Eden Hazard are both biting the bullet and may not be risked;
  • Captain John Terry is closing in on a return, but probably won’t be in the starting XI, while Kurt Zouma and Falcao are still absent.
  • Bertrand Traore is expected to lead the attack in Costa’s absence.

 

PREDICTED LINE UPS

 

EVERTON – Robles, Oviedo, Funes Mori,  Jagielka, Stones, Coleman, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Lukaku

Manager: Roberto Martinez

 

CHELSEA. Courtois, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Kenedy, Mikel, Fabregas, Willian, Hazard, Pedro, Traorè

Manager: Guus Hiddink

 

Referee: Michel Oliver

Venue:  Goodison Park, Liverpool, UK

Kick Off : 5.30 pm GMT

 

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Chelsea crashed out of this seasons Champions League losing 4-2 on aggregate to Paris Saint Germain in the round of 16, for a second consecutive year. Their fate was sealed by a 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge last night.

Chelsea needed to start strong. After getting the away goal in Paris they needed to capitalise on it with a quick tempo, giving the French Champions no time to settle in to the game. An early goal would have worked wonders and put the Blues on the front foot from the off.

But a slow start ensued, with interim boss Guus Hiddink described it as ‘showing to much respect’ to the Parisians. The Londoners were 1-0 down within twenty minutes, thanks to a goal from 20 year-old Rabiot after poor defending from Gary Cahill. Meaning Mikel’s away goal three weeks ago now counts for nothing. This soon drew a positive reaction, Chelsea seemed to up their tempo, pressing Paris high up the pitch and causing them to make mistakes on the ball, and allowing the likes of Willian, Pedro and Costa to have a run in on goal. This is what caused Costa’s brilliant goal, after a tackle from Pedro in the PSG half the ball broke for Willian who played in Costa.

The match was on a knife edge and Chelsea really looked on top, playing at a fast paced tempo and carrying on their high pressing game for the early parts of the second half. But Paris’ midfield trio of Rabiot, Matuidi and Thiago Motta began to take over. As I mentioned in my pre match article, the Blues needed to win the midfield battle. But with only Mikel holding and Fabregas pushing forward looking for a winner they began to get overrun. PSG developed into the game in the closing stages. And after brilliant build up play and a great cross from Di Maria, Ibrahimovic settled the tie.

The midfield battle was key, but with just Mikel up against the three men of PSG the Blues were never going to come out on top within the ninety minutes. I personally, was worried from the start with the Blues only natural holding player being Mikel, while Matic was left on the bench. Matic starting could’ve made all the difference. But in hindsight that’s very easy to say.

Diego Costa’s injury was another huge moment in the tie. It seemed to sap all of Chelsea’s energy. He was the driving force for the team. He was unstoppable on the night. His goal was fantastic, but when he went off and young Bertrand Traore replaced him, the Blues seemed to think that was their final chance gone. And just ten minutes later the tie was over.

This highlights just how important Costa is to the next manager to be brought in. The fear will be when he’s not fit. Last season Remy came in and scored some vital goals, but has barely had a kick of the ball under Hiddink. Traore looks promising but on a stage like yesterday Chelsea needed someone who was ready for the big time.

Now, with only the FA Cup to play for, and the possibility of a Europa League spot, Chelsea must pick themselves up and play for what is left in the season and show the new manager, whoever that may be, what he has at his disposal.

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Eden Hazard © Francesca Ceciarini

Starting XI:

Courtois 5- Made the saves he had to, but couldn’t do anything about the goals scored against him.

Azpilicueta 4- At fault for the vital second goal, allowing Di Maria in behind to pick out Zlatan.

Ivanovic 5- Solid performance from the Serbian strong in the air and looks more comfortable at centre back then at right back.

Cahill 4- Majorly at fault for the first goal allowing Zlatan space out wide right to easily pick out his man Rabiot in the middle.

Kenedy 6- Didn’t put a foot wrong on the night, looked much more at home higher up the pitch. But played well in the unfamiliar left back role.

Mikel 6- Broke up the play well but couldn’t do enough and was overrun in midfield up against Matuidi, Rabiot and Motta.

Fabregas 7- Played well going forward always picking out the best pass available to him.

Willian 7- Looked quick on the counter and played a great ball in for Costa’s equaliser.

Pedro 7- Worked extremely hard, getting about the pitch and helped the Chelsea attack on the counter.

Hazard 5- Still can’t find his best form, very few glimpses of brilliance we saw last season. Limped off with 15 minutes left.

Costa 8- Chelsea’s best player on the night. Scored a brilliant goal and worked the line throughout. The game was lost when he came off injured.

Subs:

Traore 5- Very little chance to impress. Barely got a kick of the ball.

Oscar N/A

Manager: Guus Hiddink 7- Everything looked good until Costa came off. The game plan was working and Chelsea looked the more likely team to go on and win. But they couldn’t turn it into a positive result. Nothing more Hiddink could have done.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in their eagerly awaited Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit after the first leg in Paris.

After an even start to the game the first half chance came to Chelsea as Diego Costa received the ball on the edge of the box and managed to shift it on to his left foot, but his shot was palmed away by Trapp in the PSG goal.

But PSG soon took control of the game and were able to get in behind Chelsea. With a ball over the top Ibrahimovic managed to lose his marker Cahill and had far too much time to pick out Rabiot at the back post to tap into an empty Chelsea net to make it 1-0 to the French Champions.

Chelsea then managed to wrestle back the initiative, putting pressure on the all Brazilian PSG back four and giving them no time. And after a brilliant tackle high up the pitch from Pedro which found Willian in some space to play in Diego Costa who turned Silva and managed to stroke the ball past Trapp with his left foot and level up the score to 1-1 on the night.

The Blues now looking to press a nervy looking PSG high up the pitch and winning the ball back in strong positions. As one challenge found Hazard in space as he tries to bend one in to the far corner but it was a comfortable stop in the end for the German keeper Trapp.

And on the verge of half time Costa found more space on the edge of the box and after his driving run and low shot was parried by Trapp, Pedro was inches away from touching in the rebound only for Silva to clear it away for a corner.

In to the second half and Chelsea keep with their high pressing game. Putting the French side under pressure high up the pitch, and great pace down the left from Willian making a driving run all the way to the byline and manages to pick out Costa, but his shot is brilliantly blocked by David Luiz.

But on the hour mark Chelsea’s star man on the night Diego Costa pulled up with what looked like a hamstring injury and had to be bought off for 20 year-old Bertrand Traore.

And just five minutes later the Blues had their best chance to draw the tie level. Willian shifted the ball on to his right foot, beating two men and drives it low at goal only to have his strike parried away and in to the path of Eden Hazard but a good double save from Trapp keeps the Parisian’s ahead on aggregate.

The telling blow was then given by PSG just a few minutes later, a ball out wide to the left found Di Maria in space, as he drives the ball across goal to find Zlatan Ibrahimovic in space to tap the ball home and effectively kill the tie. Chelsea now need to score four goals on the night to progress.

With just 15 minutes to play there was more bad news for Chelsea as the lacklustre Eden Hazard was taken off injured to be replaced by Oscar. With very little left to play for the game petered out and finished 3-2 on aggregate to PSG.

Chelsea now out of the Champions League and only have the FA Cup to play for In which they take on Everton on Saturday.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint Germain in their eagerly awaited Champions League tie at Stamford Bridge. The Blues are looking to overturn the 2-1 deficit after the first leg in Paris.

After an even start to the game the first half chance came to Chelsea as Diego Costa received the ball on the edge of the box and managed to shift it on to his left foot, but his shot was palmed away by Trapp in the PSG goal.

But PSG soon took control of the game and were able to get in behind Chelsea. With a ball over the top Ibrahimovic managed to lose his marker Cahill and had far too much time to pick out Rabiot at the back post to tap into an empty Chelsea net to make it 1-0 to the French Champions.

Chelsea then managed to wrestle back the initiative, putting pressure on the all Brazilian PSG back four and giving them no time. And after a brilliant tackle high up the pitch from Pedro which found Willian in some space to play in Diego Costa who turned Silva and managed to stroke the ball past Trapp with his left foot and level up the score to 1-1 on the night.

The Blues now looking to press a nervy looking PSG high up the pitch and winning the ball back in strong positions. As one challenge found Hazard in space as he tries to bend one in to the far corner but it was a comfortable stop in the end for the German keeper Trapp.

And on the verge of half time Costa found more space on the edge of the box and after his driving run and low shot was parried by Trapp, Pedro was inches away from touching in the rebound only for Silva to clear it away for a corner.

The Blues finished the half the stronger and will be encouraged. But with only 45 minutes remaining in the tie Chelsea trail 3-2 on aggregate.

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Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc: “I am a big fan of Diego Costa, he is very good and he likes to engage in provocations, contrasts and challenges. We have to be strong against him and against  Chelsea attacking players like Diego, Willian or Hazard. Tomorrow will be a difficult game. As said before Zlatan, we mustn’t respond to provocations of Costa or everyone else”.

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Chelsea take on Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, in what will be their biggest game of the season. But how will the English Champions beat their French counterparts?

The head-to-head record between the two teams could hardly be closer. This being the third season in succession both sides have met. With two wins for PSG, two draws and one win for Chelsea. The clash this time round is on a knife-edge with PSG winning the game 2-1 at the Parc de Princes three weeks ago. But the Blues came away with a vital away goal from John Obi Mikel. So where will the clash be won this time round?

Stop Cavani

It’s much easier said then done. With PSG’s wealth of talent going forward, Chelsea will need to be aware of players such as Di Maria, Ibrahimovic and Lucas Moura.

But, as proved in recent years, Edison Cavani has been a thorn in the Blues side, stretching as far back as his Napoli days. Having scored three goals and provided two assists in his seven Champions League games against them, including the vital winner three weeks ago at the Parc de Princes, twelve minutes from time. The Uruguayan’s movement in behind the Chelsea defence proved to be the telling moment when he came off the bench. And as it is looking less likely John Terry will be fit for the return leg it will be up to the make shift centre back pairing of Ivanovic and Cahill to keep out the forward.

Win the midfield battle

This is where the game will be won or lost. In last seasons 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge the Blues were overrun in midfield, even against 10-men for ninety minutes of the match.

The likes of Verratti, Matuidi and Thiago Motta, completely out worked and out played, Matic and Fabregas in the centre of Chelsea’s midfield. Verratti was particularly impressive with a game high of seven tackles won before being taken off near the end of normal time. But with the Blues holding the away goal this time round and knowing how clinical the forward players of PSG can be, it is more then likely they will go with John Obi Mikel and Nemanja Matic,who has now served his one match European suspension, in the middle of the park, . Giving cover to the centre backs and allowing freedom to their forward thinking players.

This will allow Chelsea to push Fabregas higher up the field in order to have more influence on the attacking element of the game and not having to worry quite as much on his defensive work.

The game will be live on BT Sport Europe on Wednesday 19th March at 19:45.

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