Chelsea will be hoping to seal their passage to the FA Cup quarter-finals when they face Barnsley at Oakwell on Thursday evening.
The Blues, who suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to the Tykes on their last visit to Oakwell back in March 2008, reached the final of last season’s competition before being edged out 2-1 by Arsenal at Wembley.
However, Chelsea will have aspirations of going all the way this season, especially with the form they currently find themselves in. Since Thomas Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard just over a fortnight ago, the Blues have won three of their first four games under the German, with them currently on a run of three wins on the bounce.
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With that in mind, the Blues, who hammered Barnsley 6-0 during a Carabao Cup clash at Stamford Bridge back in September, will travel to South Yorkshire as overwhelming favourites to progress to the last-eight of the world’s oldest club competition.
As Chelsea are favourites, boss Tuchel has already confirmed that changes to his starting line-up are likely to be made.
The German, speaking in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, said: “If we play in any competition, we play to win it. So every round in any cup competition is the most important round.
“This is an elimination game and we have to be totally focused, totally on point tomorrow when the match starts, and ready to finish with a win. This is the absolute desire.
“There is a high possibility we see a lot of changes. First of all, everybody who is on the pitch tomorrow deserves to be on the pitch. So there will be guys tomorrow who suffered a little bit from my decisions in the last few games.
“And for us, it’s the third away match in a row. We don’t want to lose attention, awareness, and intensity in our game.
“So this is the moment for us to have fresh…