Antonio Conte’s first FA Cup as Chelsea boss went according to script as Chelsea defeated Peterborough 4-1.
Here are five things we learned
1. PEDRO IS OUTSTANDING AS A LEFT WINGBACK
Pedro started the game as a left wingback and he was outstanding in the role. His pace and direct runs caused problems for Peterborough. Pedro’s performance would certainly give Conte a lot to think about. Marcos Alonso certainly has fierce competition for the left wingback position.
2. BEST PERFORMANCE FROM LOFTUS-CHEEK IN A CHELSEA SHIRT
We all know Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hugely talented but his performance today must have amazed everyone. His performance certainly deserved a goal and it’s a pity he was sacrificed after Terry’s red card. Loftus-Cheek enjoyed himself against Peterborough and we hope to see more of that.
3. BATSHUAYI NEEDS TO PLAY MORE
Michy Batshuayi started slowly against Peterborough but his performance improved after he scored. Goals give strikers confidence and Batshuayi’s confidence soared after scoring. Antonio Conte would be delighted with the striker’s performance as he scored and assisted Pedro’s second goal.
4. ZOUMA IS BACK
Kurt Zouma had just become a key player for Chelsea before he sustained a knee injury last February. Zouma started his first game for Chelsea after 11 months and he would be proud of his performance for Chelsea today.
5. A HUGE WIN WAS EXACTLY WHAT CHELSEA NEEDED
After the loss to Tottenham, a huge win against Peterborough was exactly what Chelsea needed and the players delivered. It’s important to quickly return to winning ways after a loss and I am happy we did that today. The performance from the team was wonderful and Chelsea could have scored more.