Shots on Target
Shots on Target
Pedro scores twice as Chelsea go through to FA Cup Fourth Round
Chelsea went through the third FA Cup 2017 round after beating Peterborough 4-1 at Stamford Bridge this afternoon.
Pedro opened and closed the game with a brace, with the two goals scored at 18′ and 75′, the 2-1 was scored by Michy Batshuayi, that started today, at 44′ and by Willian at 56′.
Blues captain John Terry saw red for a professional foul on Peteborough’s Lee Angol at 67′ on his return since October.
FA CUP - THIRD ROUND: Chelsea 4 - 1 Peterborough United
Chelsea 2 – 0 Peterborough United
In today’s FA Cup Third Round at home Chelsea lead 2-0 with a Pedro goal after 18 minutes followed by a second by Batshuayi.
Pedro almost scored a second goal but clipped the top corner of the cross bar after a lovely attacking move which saw him have an easy clear chance.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has emphasised the chance for Michy Batshuayi to make an impressive impact. And after 44 minutes Batshuayi “staked his claim” in the team as the manager wanted by scoring Chelsea’s second goal. It was a late goal approaching the half-time mark just as Peterborough were trying to get back in the game after a missed chance by the Blues.
By: Samuel Georgewill
Chelsea (3-4-3) – Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Cahill, Ivanovic, Fabregas, Chalobah, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian.
Subs: Eduardo, Azpilicueta, Aina, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Diego Costa.
Manager: Antonio Conte
Peterborough (4-4-2) – McGee, Hughes, Tafazolli, Smith, Bostwick, Maddison, Edwards, Forrester, Angol, Lopes, Nichols
Subs: Tyler, Taylor, Ball, Inman, Chettle, Binnom-Williams, Samuelsen
Manager: Grant McCann
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Kick-Off: 3PM BST
Cesar Azpilicueta signed a new contract until June 2020 yesterday and his teammates wanted to show their support, speaking to the club’s official website this morning.
Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante sorely praised the Spaniard: “Firstly, he’s a very good man. He helped me when I arrived here and gave me a lot of confidence. On the pitch, he’s a very good defender; strong, intelligent and a good passer”.
Defender Gary Cahill said: “He’s a fantastic footballer and possesses a lot of quality. On and off the pitch he epitomises what being a professional is all about, how you work and how you train. He’s so consistent in terms of his performances, which is why he plays at the top level. It’s vitally important to keep players like him”.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is warming up for the Premier League opener at Stamford Bridge tonight, when the Blues will face West Ham.
New signings Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante will likely feature tonight (the Belgium international will probably start from the bench since Diego Costa is expected to lead the Blues’ attack) with Kurt Zouma still recovering from the knee injury he suffered last season.
Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas will fight for a place in the midfield, with the Serbia International who is said to be more likely to play.
Slaven Bilic has to replace Aaron Cresswell and Manuel Lanzini but Dimitri Payet is said to be fit and will play at Stamford Bridge.
Also Diafra Sakho and Doneil Henry are both injured and not expected to feature in the Premier League opener against the Blues.
PREDICTED LINE UPS
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa
West Ham: Adrian; Antonio, Reid, Ogbonna, Masuaku; Kouyate, Nordtveit, Noble; Feghouli, Carroll, Ayew
Chelsea centre-back Kurt Zouma is confident the Blues will challenge for the Premier League title under new manager Antonio Conte.
The 21-year-old reportedly said: “Last season was not good for us. No-one is happy about that. The new manager wants to do much better and he will bring in new players. That is not a problem.”
“Of course Chelsea must be much better next time. Last year we did bad. Tenth in the league is not good for Chelsea.”
“I am confident we will be back challenging for the title. Chelsea has a big team. We have to bounce back and be ready to fight.”
“But not being in Europe will not help us. We are used to playing in the Champions League. The target now is to be back in that competition as soon as we can. It’s a very important competition for the club.”
The Frenchman is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in February.
Roma are lining up a summer move for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Frenchman has been targeted as a replacement for Antonio Rudiger if the Germany international leaves Italy, since he is currently on loan from Bundesliga side Stuttgart.
Zouma has been out for around 6 months after injuring his knee against Manchester United and is expected to completely recover in July.
Chelsea crashed out of the FA Cup against Everton at Goodison Park last night, effectively ending their season by March.
The Blues put in a poor performance yesterday, conceding twice and having a man sent off. It was an awful day at the office all round. But why were they so bad?
After a difficult Champions League game on Wednesday, Goodison Park was always going to be a tough place to go and win having already lost their in the league 3-1 earlier this season.
Interim boss Guus Hiddink decided to replace the injured Eden Hazard with holding midfield player Nemanja Matic. The Serbian is a fine player, but in my opinion, he should have been playing against PSG as it was clear the Blues were overrun in midfield and needed more power in there, in the shape of Matic. Hiddink went with both Matic and Mikel at Goodison Park, leaving very little creativity, but also allowing Everton very few chances as well. It looked as though Chelsea were trying to shut out Everton rather then go for the win themselves.
The Toffees had a clear game plan to wind up Diego Costa, which clearly worked as he was sent off for an outrageous outburst late in the game. Costa couldn’t see enough of the ball, when he does, he always looks like he’s going to make something happen. His chance in the second half was well created and he was unlucky not to put it away.
But a moment of brilliance from Lukaku combined with terrible Chelsea defending saw the deadlock broken. Both Azpilicueta and Ivanovic were out muscled by the Belgian, he then breezed past Mikel and left Gary Cahill on his back side before slotting home. As a manager you just cannot legislate for that kind of defending. This has been an issue all season.
The second Lukaku goal was a brilliant finish through the legs of Courtois. But the Chelsea hierarchy last season signed Felipe Luis, and sold him. This season have signed Baba Rahman for £20 million, a young unknown left back. Having both Zouma and Terry out injured and having to put in a make shift defence, the £20 million man still can not get in the team. It is absolutely ridiculous. And there have been to many of these players that have been signed, barely given a game and then loaned out or sold very soon after. It makes no sense. The Blues went with Kenedy at left back- an attacking midfielder, not a defender. And he played Lukaku clearly onside, due to a lack of experience defending, and this finished off the game and the season for Chelsea.
A terrible season has pretty much ended in March. With nothing left to play for for Chelsea, they need to get their affairs in order now. Get a new manager in, sort through over 30 players out on loan, have a serious look at these young players who can come in, get rid of any players who do not want to be at the club and scout signings that will play and will improve the squad!