Before the two sides met, Pellegrini released a statement that the tie wasn’t “a real game.” It seemed like the players took this statement a bit too seriously. Chelsea eased into the FA Cup quarter finals with a comfortable 5-1 win.
It was evident that City boss was not taking this game seriously and opted for youngsters to represent his side. He had the Wednesday’s Champions League match in mind and named five full debutants to play. Although, one of these young five players, David Faupala, cancelled out Diego Costa’s 35th-minute opener. His attempts were of little use since Chelsea didn’t stop scoring after that. Willian, Gary Cahill, Eden Hazard and Bertrand Traore scored the other 4 goals against the visitors. City goalkeeper Willy Caballero certainly made scoring easy for Chelsea with his below par performance. The visiting goalkeeper tried to regain some credit by blocking a penalty shot by substituted midfielder, Oscar.
With 19 total shots against 8, it was evident that Chelsea was there to win. City better perform well in their next “real” clash since this game was nothing less than disappointing. The reason for the results wasn’t just the youngsters; the experienced players including the goalkeeper and the right back performed poorly.
Despite fighting against a clearly weak side, this win is quite a morale booster for Chelsea. After the loss against PSG, Chelsea definitely needed a win like this to lift them up for the rest of the season.