At the end of the game, Chelsea secured passage to the Carabao Cup fourth round thanks to a comeback win over Liverpool at Anfield. Goals from Emerson Palmieri and Eden Hazard cancelled out Daniel Sturridge’s early second half strike to oust the Reds from the competition.
Here are 3 talking points from the game:
HAZARD MAKES THE DIFFERENCE:
What if Chelsea had sold Hazard to Madrid during the summer transfer window, what would have been of the club by now? I’m quite sure that many Chelsea fans will be having the same line of thought as I have right now after watching Hazard run the show at Anfield. The Belgian’s influence in games for Chelsea has been thrilling and surely he’s indispensable. A golden assist for Emerson Palmieri and a beautiful solo goal saw him claw Chelsea back into the competition from the brink of defeat. An absolute world-class performance by Hazard wins it for Chelsea.
CHELSEA’S DEFENCE STILL SUSPECT:
Two moments in the second half summarizes Chelsea suspect defending. First, Andreas Christensen shows clearly why he’s no longer a first team regular after gifting Daniel Sturridge with the best chance of the night by making a school-boy error back-pass that the Liverpool Striker contrived to miss after beating Caballero. Minutes later, Azpilicueta gives away the ball and this time Chelsea get punished as Sturridge acrobatically finishes superbly atoning for his previous miss. One of the hallmarks of trophy-winning teams is having a solid defence as the foundation to build the team. Chelsea must improve defensively or risk being punished by lethal teams.
CHELSEA LIVES TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY:
Another hard-fought win over Liverpool means that Chelsea is still in the running for silverware on all four fronts available to us this season. To sweeten this, winning the Reds means we succeeded in giving a psychological blow to one of our main rivals this season. While we had our chances in play, but then we can be sure the club is still in the Carabao Cup and our chances of winning the cup has been increased.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!