Chelsea progressed to the semifinals of the FA Cup thanks to Alvaro Morata opening goal, his first goal in almost three months and Pedro Rodriguez’s winner after Jamie Vardy had equalized for the Foxes midway through the second half.
Here are 3 quick thoughts from the game:
CHELSEA OUTFOUGHT THE FOXES:
This was a game between the last two Premier league winners and the opening proceedings of the game was a tight contest of brain and brawn. Chelsea were looking to advance in a competition that is our only hope of silverware while the Foxes powered by their fans in the King Power Stadium were ready to have our work cut out. Chances were few, far and between. A goal by Morata in the first half and a Pedro header in extra time proved enough for Conte’s Chelsea to advance despite Vardy’s poacher’s goal had levelled things up at normal time.
CHELSEA SHOW CHARACTER:
One of the talking points heading into this game was about the mental fortitude of Conte’s players especially after the heavy defeat and elimination from the Champions league. The fans had seen lows against Crystal Palace, Roma, Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford, Manchester United and Manchester City. The thought and possibility of another demoralizing defeat and elimination was unthinkable. But at the end the players did just enough to show character and send a message that all hope is not lost for a beautiful end to the season.
CHELSEA HAVE IT ALL IN THEIR HANDS:
It’s all or nothing for Chelsea at this stage of the season. A game away from the FA Cup finals and 8 games from salvaging an inconsistent season by winning maximum points to qualify for next season’s Champions league is a tall order, but a possibility. A morale-boosting win against Claude Puel’s Leicester City was the exact doctor’s prescription for the battle ahead. It’s make or break for Chelsea and certainly the players showed up to show they are ready for the challenge.
Let’s keep the Blue flag flying high.