A tough pill to swallow.
Chelsea lost to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup round of 16 as Rashford scored two for the Red Devils. Ole picked a strong lineup with only Martial left out. Caballero started in goal for Chelsea, Alonso, Zouma, Guehi, and James started in defence, Jorginho, Kovacic, and Gilmour started in midfield while Pulisic, Michy and CHO started up front.
Chelsea started the brighter of the two teams but failed to create anything from the possession they had. Alonso then brought down Daniel James in the box and Rashford converted the penalty to give United the lead in the 25th minute. United then dominated the half but similar to Chelsea they also created little to nothing. The 2nd half saw a rejuvenated Chelsea come out as we pressed higher and with more intensity. Michy equalised in the 61st minute as he knocked down a lofted pass and dribbled past most of the United defence to finish brilliantly. Pedro was then brought on for Pulisic and Mount was brought on for Gilmour but Pedro brought down a United player for a foul in the 73rd minute. Rashford stepped up and scored a brilliant free kick to restore United’s lead. Tammy came on for Michy but could not impact the game as United drifted to a win a progressed to the next round.
The defeat is not too disheartening as it is the Carabao Cup and Chelsea were not dominated but lost due to two poor fouls. Guehi, Reece James, and Gilmour stood in the game as they took advantage of their game time and its only a matter of time till Reece starts more games. Jorginho and Kovacic were solid in the middle once again but Pedro and Alonso were poor and were at fault for Chelsea’s defeat. For United Ole gets an important win and they continue their impressive form against top 6 sides while it is against the weaker teams that they struggle.
Chelsea move on and next up is Watford away from home. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!