Chelsea will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to life under head coach Thomas Tuchel when they lock horns with Championship outfit Barnsley at Oakwell in the FA Cup fifth round on Thursday evening.
The Blues, who were defeated 1-0 by the South Yorkshire club on their last visit to Oakwell back in March 2008, extended their wining run to three matches on Sunday evening with a 2-1 triumph over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Goals from Mason Mount and Jorginho either side of a disastrous Antonio Rudiger own-goal sealed all three points for the Blues, ensuring Tuchel has taken ten points from the first 12 available since succeeding Frank Lampard last month.
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However, Tuchel will be able to put Chelsea’s Premier League responsibilities to one side and experience the FA Cup for the very first time when they make the long trip north tomorrow night.
Whilst Chelsea will arrive at Oakwell as overwhelming favourites to progress to the quarter-finals, Tuchel will be leaving nothing to chance, with the FA Cup having a unique history of being able to cause a shock when you least expect one.
But to ensure the Blues avoid the disappointment of being knocked out of the competition by lower-league opposition for the first time since their famous 4-2 collapse at the hands of Bradford City in 2015, Tuchel has been making his players put the hard yards in on the training ground.
With that in mind, football.london has picked out four things we spotted from Wednesday’s session at Cobham ahead of the clash with Valerien Ismael’s Barnsley.
Youngster eyes FA Cup outing
During his pre-match press conference on Wednesday lunchtime, Tuchel hinted that he would use the trip to Oakwell as an opportunity to make changes to his team and get a look at those who have been hammering on…