We knew we would beat Aston Villa – Ben Chilwell

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Ben Chilwell has suggested that he and his Chelsea teammates had a feeling they were going to beat Aston Villa on Wednesday night, and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Blues picked up an emphatic 3-1 win over Unai Emery’s side at Villa Park, amid calls for Mauricio Pochettino to be sacked as Chelsea boss.

Chelsea had lost both of their last two games 4-1 and 4-2, respectively, but Chilwell says the players were very confident ahead of playing Villa, and he’s delighted they got the win in the end.

“It was exactly the reaction we wanted and needed. It wasn’t about wanting a reaction. We needed it. Fair play to all of the boys,” Chilwell said post-match.

“We wanted that pressure. We thrived off it. The confidence before the game in the changing room was the best I have seen it – the togetherness.

“We delivered on the pitch today. As a club, the players, manager, the staff, the fans everyone involved in the club. It wasn’t just the manager. Everyone associated with the club needed that today.”