An FA Cup classic this most certainly was not but it will matter little to Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea as they booked their place in the FA Cup semi finals courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
While their fans won’t be walking down Wembley Way next month to watch their side in a cup semi final, Tuchel will be targeting another cup success having won domestic competitions at both PSG and Borussia Dortmund.
Stamford Bridge enhanced its reputation as a fortress for the German manager just past the hour mark on Sunday as the Blues have now gone 11 hours without conceding a goal. The last player to net in west London was Luton Town’s Jordan Clark in round three of the competition…when Frank Lampard was still in charge.
That said, it was not pretty from Tuchel’s side. Arguably the two toughest games the Blues head coach has had in his short spell in charge so far have both come in the cup, the fight round win at Barnsley and then on Sunday against the rock-bottom Premier League strugglers.
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The Blues took the lead miway through the first half and there was a big element of fortune about it.
A corner from Kovacic went straight through to Ben Chilwell on the edge of the box and he lashed the ball back in, only he will know if it was a cross or a shot, and Ollie Norwood deflected the ball past Aaron Ramsdale into his own net.
When your luck is down, your luck is down and that was certainly the case for the Blades, who had started the match quite brightly. The Blues hadn’t managed to have a shot on target but they were ahead.
The first half wasn’t exactly a vintage performance from Chelsea as, aside from the impressive Billy Gilmour, not many players really expressed themselves. From a head coach who is very expressive, it wasn’t quite clicking.
Even Tuchel himself spent most of the half sitting in his…