Chelsea are through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup after a very narrow and hard fought win over a Leicester side that looked ready for the occasion. Lampard’s side were poor in the first half and were lucky not to be behind, but the manager’s changes at half time inspired his team to grind out a win, despite late pressure from the hosts.
Caballero – 6
He did not have much to do other than save a couple of Leicester shots from range. Showed why he is the back-up by completely missing the ball while attempting to punch it away, which almost gifted Soyuncu an equalizer for Leicester.
James – 5
Reece looked rusty as expected on his first start since the re-start. Allowed Barnes to get in behind on a couple of occasions. Other than that, did nothing else of note.
Rudiger – 6
Starting his third match in a row, Rudiger did well keeping Vardy quiet for much of the game, except once when his poor header almost gifted a goal to Vardy.
Zouma – 5.5
Another player who had his first start since football resumed. He consistently misplaced passes, but his pace helped him recover well. He had some important interceptions. A very average performance from the promising defender.
Emerson – 5
He didn’t looked fit enough for an important game. Tried hard to contribute both offensively and defensively, but did neither too well. Lacked the bravery or determination to win 50/50 challenges and will be replaced before the start of next season.
Kante – 6
Handed another start in a new DM role, he looked good defensively as expected, but wasn’t good enough playing the ball out. Needed help from the midfielders around him, which came in the form of Kovacic in the second half.
Gilmour – 4
A very poor performance from the young starlet who played a series of poor passes that put his team under pressure. Made a few good recovery tackles, but this was a game; he’ll need to take a hard look at this game to help him improve and become a better player.
Mount – 5.5
Looked tired after his third consecutive start in a week and did not produce his usual high intensity performance that is expected. Found Pulisic with an excellent pass to create Chelsea’s best opportunity of the first half. Subbed at half time.
Willian – 6.5
Looked good whenever he got on the ball and tracked Chilwell excellently whenever the defender bombed forward. Created Chelsea’s opening goal with a sumptuous cross for Barkley.
Pulisic – 7
Chelsea’s best player on the pitch today. Always made himself available for passes and drove at the Leicester defence, reminding many of the magical Hazard. Unlucky not to get another goal after a fine display.
Abraham – 6
Was isolated in a poor first half from Chelsea, but improved in the second half. Held the ball up nicely on occasions, but would be disappointed with his lack of threat towards the Leicester goal.
Azpilicueta – 6 (On ’45)
Came on at half-time and immediately improved the defence. Showed his experience by leading the defence well and saved Caballero’s blushes by deflecting Soyuncu’s header out for a corner.
Kovacic – 6.5 (On ’45)
Had an instant impact on the game by moving the ball out of defence and helping Kante deal with Leicester’s press. Forced Rodgers to bring on Choudhary alongside Ndidi to shut him down.
Barkley – 6.5 (On ’45)
Grabbed Chelsea’s winner with a well timed run into the box. Showed good movement in midfield and found himself in promising positions a lot, but his poor decision making meant he did not produce much else which culminated in him squandering a 4v2 counter attack late in the game, much to the disappointment of Lampard.
Pedro – 5 (On ’78)
Did not have much time to make an impact, but used his experience well to calm those around him and see the game out.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek – 5 (On ’72)
Got himself in good attacking positions, but his teammates could not find him. Important minutes under his belt.
Transfer Target – Chilwell – 6
Showed incredible stamina running up and down the left hand side throughout 90 minutes. Managed to put in a few teasing crosses in the box, but lacked quality to really influence the game. Defensively, Chilwell had a very evenly fought battle against Willian, but the former’s game winning assist edges today’s battle in his favour.
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Edited by: Dan