After winning the FA Cup, Thomas Tuchel has five Chelsea players ready for the Premier League.
Chelsea started their FA Cup campaign with a comfortable win over non-league Chesterfield, but five players stood out for Thomas Tuchel’s rampant side.
Chelsea cruised into the FA Fourth Round with a 5-1 victory over Chesterfield from the National League.
Despite giving debuts to academy star Lewis Hall and third-choice goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, Thomas Tuchel named a strong starting eleven against Derbyshire.
Timo Werner’s sixth-minute tap-in gave Chelsea the perfect start, before Callum Hudson-Odoi’s brilliant 25-yard effort, Romelu Lukaku’s sweeping finish, and Andreas Christensen’s looping header put Chelsea out of sight before the break.
Hakim Ziyech scored from the penalty spot in the second half to give the runners-up from the previous season even more luster.
Akwasi Asante left a lasting impression on the travelling Chesterfield fans by latching onto a rebound and passing into an empty net.
Brinkwire Sport looks at five Chelsea players who have shown they are ready to play in the Premier League on a regular basis.
Tuchel’s most daring move of the evening was giving Lewis Hall, a 17-year-old midfielder, his Chelsea debut at Stamford Bridge.
But the German made the right decision, as the youngster capped off a composed but determined performance with a fantastic assist for Lukaku’s goal.
Hall charged forward and won the ball high up the pitch before delivering an inch-perfect cross to Lukaku in the penalty area, which the Belgian could not miss.
With Chelsea facing an exodus in the full-back areas following the injuries to Reece James and Ben Chilwell, there’s no reason why Hall shouldn’t be considered for the England internationals.
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Mateo Kovacic has been out for the majority of the season due to injuries and the Coronavirus, but you’d never know it based on his performance.
For the Blues, the silky Croatian covered every blade of grass, launching attacks with his excellent ball-carrying while also acting as a defensive safety blanket for his teammates.
While Jorginho and N’Golo Kante seem to get all the praise, Kovacic seems to bring out the best in all of his midfield teammates.
And the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan defender may have spelled out why he should be the Blues’ first choice on the team sheet.
The loanee from Atletico Madrid has struggled.
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