Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield
Chelsea sauntered into the fourth round, but Chesterfield put up a dignified fight and was rewarded with a fine consolation.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel named a strong side for Saturday’s clash, with 10 senior players named in the starting XI and defender Lewis Hall, 17, making his senior debut.
Chelsea Starting Lineup:
CHELSEA (4-2-3-1) Marcus Bettinelli; Callum
Hudson-Odoi, Andreas Christensen, Malang Sarr,
Lewis Hall; Saul Niguez, Mateo Kovacic; Hakim
Ziyech, Timo Werner, Christian Pulisic; Romelu Lukaku.
Subs: Kai Havertz, Ross Barkley, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Xavier Simons, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Charlie Webster, Lewis Baker, Harvey Vale.
Chesterfield Starting Lineup:
CHESTERFIELD (3-4-3): Scott Loach; Fraser Kerr, Gavin Gunning,
Luke Croll; Jeff King. Curtis Weston, Manny Oyeleke, Alex Whittle;
James Kellerman, Saidou Khan, Kabongo Tshimanga.
Subs: Akwasi Asante, Laurence Maguire, Jamie Grimes, Calvin Miller, Liam Mandeville, Stefan Payne, Nathan Tyson, Melvin Minter, Jak McCourt.
TIMO WERNER OPENS THE GAME UP FOR CHELSEA! 1-0! Well, that didn’t take long! The Blues encroach on the right edge and flick a ball into the six-yard area. Loach fails to get a clean touch and the German is there to nudge in the result.
CALLUM HUDSON-ODOI DOUBLES CHELSEA’S LEAD! 2-0! This could well become a procession for the Blues. Pulisic sets it up for the England international and he tucks it into the bottom-right corner from outside the box. Lovely stuff.
ROMELU LUKAKU MAKES IT THREE FOR CHELSEA! 3-0! It’s a simple finish for the Belgian, side-footing a square ball in from the six-yard
area, so credit must go to Lewis Hall, with the teenager delivering an assist on debut with a neat delivery. This is going to be a tough one for Chesterfield.
ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN MAKES IT FOUR FOR CHELSEA! 4-0! It’s Hall who sets this one up in a way again, leathering a low shot through the box that Roach gets across to parry – but he puts it straight to the defender, who spears a looping header over the shot-stopper and in at the top-right corner!
HAKIM ZIYECH BRINGS UP THE FIVE FOR CHELSEA! 5-0! What a rout from the Blues! Their man makes no mistake from the penalty spot and adds the first goal of the second half for the hosts.
AKWASI ASANTE SCORES FOR CHESTERFIELD! 5-1! It’s mere consolation, but you’d think it was the matchwinner for the visitors! Tshimanga cuts into the box and forces a parry from Bettinelli, but the ball falls for the striker to net a tap-in.
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