Chelsea’s spectacular begin to Thomas Tuchel’s reign continued with a 1-Zero win at Barnsley to maneuver into the FA Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, whereas Southampton put their depressing Premier League kind behind them to achieve the final eight by beating Wolves. Tuchel has gained 4 and drawn considered one of his 5 video games in cost since changing the sacked Frank Lampard, however the Blues have been fortunate to flee after a lacklustre first-half show at Oakwell in opposition to the Championship aspect. “Not sufficient braveness and it was too deep for a protracted, very long time,” stated Tuchel. “We clearly can play higher, so sure I anticipated extra however not in phrases that I’m pissed off.
“Should you lack a rhythm and a little bit of self-confidence and you need to present on this pitch, in opposition to an opponent that takes all the danger and performs the sport of his life, that’s not straightforward. We will do higher however I do not wish to be too laborious on the gamers.”
The much-maligned Kepa Arrizabalaga began in aim as considered one of 10 modifications to the group that gained 2-1 at Sheffield United on Sunday.
And the Spaniard produced a superb save to forestall Callum Brittain opening the scoring.
Tuchel launched Reece James as considered one of two substitutions on the break and the right-back created the profitable aim as his low cross on 64 minutes left Tammy Abraham with a easy tap-in for his 12th aim of the season.
Barnsley have been overwhelmed 6-Zero at Stamford Bridge when the perimeters met within the League Cup earlier within the season, however Valerien Ismael’s males have been way more aggressive this time and have been unlucky to not power the sport to extra-time when Abraham did brilliantly on the different finish with a goalline clearance from Michael Sollbauer’s shot.
Overwhelmed finalists final season, Chelsea will fancy their probabilities of a return to Wembley after drawing Premier League strugglers Sheffield United at residence within the quarter-finals.
Southampton’s reward for seeing off Wolves 2-Zero is a south coast derby in opposition to the one non-Premier League aspect left within the competitors, Bournemouth, within the final eight.
Targets from Danny Ings and Stuart Armstrong supplied some reduction for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s males after 5 consecutive league defeats, together with a 9-Zero thrashing by Manchester United.
“It has been a tricky few weeks. The laborious work has been entering into however the outcomes have not been coming,” stated Ings. “To win tonight was big for our confidence.”
Hasenhuttl was rewarded for naming a stronger aspect than Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who made six modifications.
Ings had fortune on his aspect to open the scoring when he broke by way of and, though his shot was saved by John Ruddy, it got here again to hit the England striker and roll in.
Armstrong sealed the tie in stoppage time when he curled in after Ruddy made a large number of Leander Dendoncker’s again move.
Everton will host Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis, whereas Leicester entertain Manchester United within the different quarter-final ties to be performed on the weekend of March 20 and 21.
Everton v Manchester Metropolis
Bournemouth v Southampton
Leicester v Manchester United
Chelsea v Sheffield United
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