Chelsea are through to the Carabao Cup semi finals after beating Brentford in a London derby with a performance that wasn ‘t pretty but got the job done.
An own goal by Pontus Jansson and a Jorginho penalty, both coming after half time, was enough to see Chelsea through to the last four.
Thomas Tuchel included three Blues academy stars from the start as he dealt with injuries and Covid-19 enforced absences. Jude Soonsup-Bell, Harvey Vale and Xavier Simons all made their senior debuts from the start at Brentford.
Trevoh Chalobah made a quick recovery from his injury sustained at Wolves on Sunday to start on Wednesday, while Mateo Kovacic was named in a starting eleven for the first time since October 23 after his own injury and Covid-enforced absence.
Brentford should have been ahead inside 12 minutes but Yoane Wissa’s free header from ten yards was pushed away by Kepa.
The Blues were well on top in the first half but didn’t create too many clear cut chances, resorting to long-range potshots that Brentford were delighted with.
Vale had Chelsea’s best chance of the first half but his free header from ten yards out was straight at Alvaro Fernandez as both sides went into the break at 0-0.
Tuchel made changes at half time, brining on Jorginho and Christian Pulisic for Mateo Kovacic and Soonsup-Bell. Midway through the half, all three debutants had been replaced as Xavier Simons and Harvey Vale were replaced by Mason Mount and Reece James.
N’Golo Kante was also introduced and the Frenchman had a big say in Chelsea’s opening goal 13 minutes before the end as his brilliant footwork released James, who crossed and Pontus Jansson steered into his own net.
The Blues lead was doubled just a few minutes later from the spot after Fernandez brought down Pulisic in the box. Jorginho stepped up and sent the keeper their wrong way to seal a spot in the last four.
We will be hearing from Tuchel shortly, so don’t go anywhere.
Source by Football London