One game at a time.
Conte chose a largely predictable starting lineup preferring to go with 3-4-3 rather than the two strikers. Cahill has performed well in that last few games and deserved his place ahead of Christensen while Conte chose to stick with Caballero as the cup goal keeper.
Chelsea dominated the first half but were not able to convert any chances into a lead. Willian came the closest when he hit the post after some brilliant play between Hazard and him. Hazard stated that Conte told them to keep possession and continue to create chances at half time, and the effects were immediate as Giroud gave Chelsea the lead in the 46th minute. A brilliant lob by Fabregas found Hazard who controlled well and passed the ball into Giroud’s path, Giroud became Messi for 10 seconds as he dribbled past 3 defenders to slot in the ball. Chelsea continued to dominate, though Willian was brought off for Bakayoko in the 64th minute in what was a confusing decision. Southampton had also made a double change and had begun to gain some momentum, so perhaps to counter that Bakayoko was brought on. Pedro was brought on in 76th minute for Fabregas and Chelsea reverted to a 3-4-3. Morata came on for Giroud in the 80th minute and two minutes later he had double Chelsea’s advantage after a trademark header from an Azpilicueta cross. The game did open up towards the end as balls were cleared off of both lines and Charlie Austin also manage to hit the post.
Southampton can now focus on surviving relegation while Chelsea need to continue the momentum. A Final meeting with Manchester United needs to be put on the back burner as 4 final’s need to be played in the Premier league as well.
Onwards and hopefully upwards COME ON CHELSEA!!!