Man of the match Victor Moses are words that I thought I would not say this season. In what was an all around insured performance by Chelsea, Moses created the first and scored the second to seal three points for Chelsea.
With a semi final against Southampton to think about Conte made a few changes to the lineup. Rudiger replaced Christensen along with Emerson, Bakayoko, Pedro and Giroud coming in for Alonso, Fabregas, Willian and Hazard. For the first time since 2011 Chelsea fielded two strikers in what was a 3-5-2 formation.
As the game began it was clear that the lineup had flummoxed Burnley’s players as the could not handle the long balls that were coming in for Giroud and Morata. Chelsea dominated play and in the 20th minute Long turned the ball into his own net following a Victor Moses cross. Chelsea continued to dominate the game as Burnley were not allowed to play to their strengths.
The second half followed on from the first as Chelsea continued to attack the Burnley goal. In the 55th minute Morata had great chance to add to the lead as he was through on goal and had to beat Pope but, as Morata has done a few times this season his decision was wrong and he missed the goal. Burnley scored in the 64th minute as a shot from Gundmundsson was deflected off Barnes and into the net. The goal came against the general tone of the game but Chelsea rallied and 5 minutes later managed to score as Emerson crossed for a Moses finish.
It was a game in which players that have come under scrutiny recently could prove themselves, and several of them did. Cahill was solid at the back making blocks that only Chelsea defenders are known for doing, Bakayoko was decent and did the simple things properly, Moses of course was man of the match, Emerson had an assured debut, and Giroud and Morata linked up well. Hazard was also mesmerising in his brief cameo and it seems that the team have rallied on to finish the season as strongly as possible.
On to Wembley for the semi final!
COME ON CHELSEA!!!