Chelsea reached the quarterfinals of the Carabao Cup via penalties after securing one of the close football results midweeks. Kai Havertz scored the opener for the hosts before Che Adams equalized after halftime to force the game into penalties. Despite Mason Mount missing a penalty, Reece James stepped up to score the decisive penalty and helped Chelsea progress to the quarters. Chelsea could only manufacture two real chances with Saul Niguez denied by Fraser Forster and the second which he dragged wide. The Saints went close twice more in stoppage-time as Kepa was on hand to deny them from headed efforts from corners in quick succession, first keeping out Lyanco, then denying Mohammed Salisu.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “I think it was a deserved win, we fought hard for our chances, and it was not easy. We were a bit imprecise with our last passes.” he added. “Every time we managed to win duels, we had a lot of opportunities to create chances because they played man-for-man on the whole pitch. We were a bit sloppy with our passes and lacked a bit of composure. They believed and had nothing to lose, and we fought back.”
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl: “I am so proud of my team. When you come here you see ‘Pride of London’ – the pride of London is today my team because what we did here was amazing.” he added. “A lot of these players haven’t played a lot this season, but they did an amazing job.”
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