Chelsea advanced to the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after beating Southampton 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Kai Havertz had given Chelsea the lead just before the break in their round of 16, but Southampton responded shortly after the restart thanks to Che Adams leading the game to a shootout.
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And in the end, it was Thomas Tuchel’s team that won – much like in the last round against Aston Villa – thanks to the victorious effort of Reece James, as they enter the hat for the last eight. – with the draw on Soccer AM from 10:30 am on Saturday morning.
Chelsea still need pens to reach the last eight
Chelsea’s only two real chances in the first half came from corners at either end. Saul Niguez was denied early on by Fraser Forster’s hand, but the tall goalkeeper could do nothing to stop Havertz in the 44th minute, as he rose to go home after Hakim’s ball Ziyech in the area.
Southampton threatened little in the opening 45 minutes, but came out after the break looking entirely different, and in two minutes they were tied.
Kyle Walker-Peters forced the situation as he sliced into the box on the right and shot low on Kepa, however the Chelsea keeper couldn’t hold him back, and this allowed Adams to score his first goal of the season in an empty net only a meter away.
More chances came and went as half time dragged on. In the 72nd minute, Saul had another chance from the edge of the box but dragged his effort right off. Six minutes later, Southampton had their own chance when a ball from the right found unmarked substitute Will Smallbone in the middle, but his header gave Kepa too many chances to turn the ball away.
The Saints came close two more times in stoppage time as Kepa was on hand to deny them efforts to head into corners in quick succession, first blocking Lyanco and then denying Mohammed Salisu.
On penalties, it was substitutes Theo Walcott and Smallbone who missed Southampton – with Mason Mount missing for Chelsea – allowing James to pass the Blues.
What the managers said …
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “I think it was a deserved victory, we fought for our chances, and it was not easy. We were a bit imprecise with our last passes.
“Whenever we have managed to win duels we have had a lot of chances to create chances as they played man for man all over the field. We were a bit sloppy with our passes and missed a bit of poise. They believed and had nothing to lose, and we fought back. “
Tuchel saw Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek excluded a day before the fourth round draw, but he expects them to be back for Newcastle’s game on Saturday.
“We had last minute changes because three potential starters got injured in training so it wasn’t planned like that and not so many options on the bench,” he said of the comment. of the trio.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “I’m so proud of my team. When you come here you see ‘Pride of London’ – the pride of London today is my team because what we did here was amazing .
“A lot of these players haven’t played a lot this season, but they’ve done an incredible job.”
Man of the Match – Trevoh Chalobah
These have been his performances this season that you hardly notice when he stands out more. Once again, Chalobah has been brilliant at the heart of Chelsea’s defense. Tuchel has options to play with his three full-backs, but it’s getting harder and harder to justify leaving him out.
When is the Carabao Cup quarterfinal draw?
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place live on Soccer AM this Saturday from 10:30 am.
Hosts Fenners and Jimmy Bullard will conduct the draw, which will be streamed live on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football, Soccer AM’s YouTube channel and EFL’s Twitter account.
Calendar of the Carabao Cup 2021/22 … Fourth round: October 27 Quarter-finals: December 21 and 22 Semi-finals: January 4/5 and 11/12 Final: February 27 What’s next?
Both teams are back in the Premier League at 3 p.m. Saturday. Chelsea heads for Newcastle, Southampton visits Watford.