In what was a real FA Cup shock on Wednesday night, Chelsea stormed their way into the fifth-round as they secured a 3-1 victory against Aston Villa.
While there might be mounting speculation over Mauricio Pochettino’s long-term future at Stamford Bridge, the Blues took an early lead as Conor Gallagher powered home after 11 minutes.
With Senegal international Nicolas Jackson silencing Villa Park after doubling Chelsea’s lead midway through the first half, the ex-Tottenham boss should be dreaming of the chance to mount a genuine FA Cup charge this year.
Watching Enzo Fernandez notch a shock third strike just nine minutes after the interval, Aston Villa will certainly feel that they missed out on a real opportunity in the Midlands.
Although Moussa Diaby might have bagged a late consolation strike for Thursday’s hosts, the top-four contenders are seeking some recent stability.
With Chelsea securing a fifth-round showdown against historic rivals Leeds for February 28th, we have taken a look at the main talking points from Villa Park.
Chelsea draw a line under their away day nightmare
Although Chelsea might have eventually mounted an EFL Cup semi-final comeback last month as they stormed their way past Middlesbrough, the Blues have continued to receive a reputation for their glaring issues on the road this season.
Signing off January with an action-packed 4-1 loss away at Liverpool, Pochettino’s men arrived at Villa Park having lost six of their previous seven showdowns outside of west London.
Notching just a single Premier League victory away from Stamford Bridge since returning from November’s international break, Wednesday’s guests are now hoping to find some defensive resolve outside of the capital.
Remarkably not recording a single clean sheet on their travels since a 2-0 victory against local rivals Fulham way back on October 2nd, Chelsea should take plenty of positives away from a clinical performance here.
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Author : Tom Dunstan
Publish date : 2024-02-08 10:50:10
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