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It wasn’t an easy game for Chelsea against Barnsley, as the Oakwell pitch ensured that the game wasn’t going to be smooth by any means.
The Tykes were aggressive with and without the ball, and Chelsea were indeed lucky to have left Oakland with the victory.
Tammy Abraham was undoubtedly the hero on the night with his 64th minute goal and his headed clearance on the line also saved the Blues as well.
After the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel didn’t only reserve praise for Abraham, but he also hailed the heroics of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who made a very good save in the first half to deny Callum Brittain.
“We were lucky twice,” Tuchel admitted after the game.
“In the first half to have Kepa who saved us, and we were lucky when Tammy saved us with the header on the line, so in the end we have to admit that we struggled to play but in the cup it is sometimes like this.
“So I don’t want to be too harsh with the guys. The circumstances were not too easy and we went through which is the most important thing.”