Chelsea FC moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup amidst quite some drama at Stamford Bridge. Michy Batshuayi finally came good when he scored the first goal of the tie, but in a match full of chances at either end, Jamal Lewis struck with a header in virtually the last movement of the game. The Blues also had Pedro and Alvaro Morata sent off in extra time – both for picking up two yellows each – but Willy Caballero took his on-field heroics with him into the penalty shootout as he saved Nelson Oliveira’s spot-kick to take Chelsea through 5 – 3 on penalties and into the next round where they will host Newcastle United. We take a look at how each Chelsea player fared on a thrilling night in West London.
Willy Caballero: 9/10
An exceptional performance from the Blues’ stand-in keeper. Came up with a stunning save to deny James Maddison from close range and throughout the night looked confident, and up to his task. Could do nothing about the equaliser, but saved the first spot-kick in the shoot-out that eventually won his team the game.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 7/10
Played on the left-hand side of the back three this time, and had no problems dealing with the Norwich attack. Kept his own and the Canaries could rarely trouble him. Could not put in his usual amount of crosses, but scored from his penalty.
David Luiz: 6/10
Showed no signs of rustiness in the match. Time and again was on hand to clear potential danger and was also good in driving forward with the ball from the backline. Would be disappointed to have seen Lewis strike with the game virtually won, but he did convert his spot-kick.
Ethan Ampadu: 6/10
The 17-year-old was a solid presence in defence. Dealt with whatever came his way in professional fashion. Made a few errors on the night, but showed every sign of being one for the long haul.
Davide Zappacosta: 5/10
Was good running with the ball on the right-hand side, bit also gave it away frequently, sometimes too easily. Kept on running into defenders, and was not effective with his crosses either. Can and should do much better.
Tiemoue Bakayoko: 6/10
Compared to his poor show in most of his outings for Chelsea so far, this performance was better. Won the ball often in midfield and also saw a lot of the ball in general. Wore out, however, as the game stretched on.
Danny Drinkwater: 8/10
Had a splendid game overall. Made some intelligent runs, got himself into good positions and had a few decent attempts on goal, one of which struck the crossbar. Was subbed off in extra time, but is proving that he should be in the reckoning for regular starts.
Performed well both defensively and while on the attack. Put in a nice ball for Batshuayi to score, and was a threat all the time on the flanks. Held his ground while dealing with the Norwich attackers, and the Brazilian should get more game-time.
Good work rate shown and was quick with the ball at his feet. However, failed to create an impact as he was lacking with the end-product. Could have got his name on the score-sheet in the first half of extra time, but for a superb save from keeper Angus Gunn.
Showed his usual pace and some good trickery with the ball, but like Willian, his final product was amiss. Tried his best to get behind the defence, but did not create any noteworthy chance. Sent off for two bookable offences.
Michy Batshuayi: 5/10
Did not have a brilliant night by any means. He was lacking confidence and it showed as he came up with poor touches and some wayward shooting. However, was at the right place at the right time to score Chelsea’s first goal in four matches. That too came off his heels though.
Alvaro Morata: 4/10
Somehow let three glorious opportunities go begging. Missed a tap-in, and had a free header directed straight at Gunn, and had another free header going wide. Looks short on confidence himself, and did not help matters when he got sent off in the last minute of extra-time.
Andreas Christensen: 6/10
Came on at the end to see out any potential threats, and ended up having to deal with a team with a two-man advantage. Did his job very well though. Was solid and no-nonsense for whatever time he played.
N’Golo Kante: 6/10
Stabilised the midfield as he was his usual alert self in sniffing out danger and also carried the ball forward to good effect. Scored from his penalty as well.
Eden Hazard: 6/10
Was the fourth substitution, but did not have much time really to create any significant impact. However, he scored the winning spot-kick.