Barnsley round two!
Chelsea travel to Barnsley for the 5th Round of the FA Cup this season. Chelsea have already played Barnsley in the Carabao Cup this season, a game which the blues won comfortably at Stamford Bridge. Barnsley are 13th in the Championship and are winless in their last 5 games in the league but they beat Norwich 1-0 in the last round. The FA Cup is always tricky and is known for it’s surprise results so Chelsea will have to be at the top of their game to beat Barnsley.
Chelsea go into this game having won our last 3 games under Tuchel and still unbeaten in his first 4 games. We have also only conceded one goal under our new German manager as we look to continue that positive trend. Chelsea beat Luton Town 3-1 in the last round which turned out to be Lampard’s last game in charge of the club so the least the Blues can do is continue this journey and try to replicate a trip to Wembley but top it off with a win in the final. The game against Sheffield United was not the best but Chelsea got the job done and we replied well to conceding which was similar to how we played at the beginning of the season. There is a positivity at the club right now one which we need to continue.
Chelsea Team Preview
Chelsea will be without Werner and Silva both recovering from injuries although Werner’s is just a dead leg. Havertz may or may not play no one really knows but the rest are available. Tuchel has said that there will be changes in the lineup due to rotation and giving people a chance. Kepa will start in goal and its a fresh start for the Spanish goalkeeper who could bounce back. Reece James, Zouma, Christensen, and Emerson should start as the back four ( yes I do think we will play a back four although I have been proven wrong). Kante, and Gilmour should start in the pivot with Pulisic, Havertz, Ziyech, and Tammy up front. If Havertz is not available I expect Mount to start. Several academy players like Livramento, Anjorin, and Bate have also been training with the team but I don’t think either of those players will start. It’s a strong team and I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the youngsters play.
Barnsley Team Preview
Barnsley have some dangerous players like Woodrow, Chaplin, and Kane up front. Not Harry. They play a 3-4-3 and I expect them to stick with it and mostly counter Chelsea. They have nothing to lose but playing a pressing game would play into Chelsea’s hands. Valerian Ismael their manager knows Tuchel from his Bundesliga days but other than that he should have no advantage over him.
Starting XI Prediction
Chelsea have a good opportunity to progress to the next round, and this is also a good game for some of the bench players to make an impact and stake a claim under Tuchel. A chance to experiment with the formation but the intensity needs to remain. We need to be clinical as well. A tricky game but a chance to move forward, COME ON CHELSEA!!!