Chelsea secured a place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Premier League leaders Liverpool on Tuesday. The Reds, who were unbeaten for 44 games till last week, have now suffered defeats in two straight games following their 0-3 loss at Watford on Saturday. Also Read - Former Chelsea Star Ashley Cole Attacked by Masked Robbers, Tied to Chair: Reports
Willian and Ross Barkley were the goal-scorers of the match. Chelsea scored as early as the 13th minute when a powerful shot by Willian struck Liverpool keeper Adrian before the ball bounced into the goal. An off-colour Liverpool, who seemed to be struggling at Stanford Bridge were put out of their misery, around four minutes past the hour-mark, as Barkley, a former Everton midfielder, scored home. Also Read - Liverpool Should be Crowned Winners If EPL Called Off: City Rival Ilkay Gundogan
“They are the best team in the land, this year what they are doing in the league is incredible. So for us to put in the effort, focus, determination and quality was something special tonight. It’s a one-off I know, but you have to celebrate these moments,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said. Also Read - Manchester United Great Rio Ferdinand Wants English Premier League to be Called Off
The ball was in Chelsea’s court from the opening whistle. Contrary to the relatively younger side Jurgen Klopp fielded the other night at Shrewsbury, the Liverpool boss fielded a relatively new side with the likes of Fabinho, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson returning to the fold. The opening few minutes saw plenty of attacks being made towards Adrian, and while he initially guarded a stunning save against Martial, he wasn’t lucky the second time around.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a comeback to remember. Playing his first game since being dropped in January, Arrizabalaga made three wonderful saves in the first half. He prevented a close-range effort from Mane and kept out close chances created by Divock Origi and Curtis Jones not too long after.
When Barkley charged forward and his shot beat Adrian, the game looked as good as ever. Yet, Chelsea kept coming at Liverpool with further attacks. Mason Mount’s free kick from the 25-yard came close to being the third goal of the night but it hit the crossbar. Olivier Giroud kept prepping at the goal but Adrian did remarkably well to keep it out but a two-goal lead was enough for Chelsea to send Liverpool out of the tournament.
“They are the best team in the land, this year what they are doing in the league is incredible. So for us to put in the effort, focus, determination and quality was something special tonight. It’s a one-off I know, but you have to celebrate these moments,” Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said.
Despite the defeat, Liverpool are all but likely on the road to lifting the EPL crown, but two defeats in two matches may just derail the momentum that set The Reds apart from other clubs.
“We deserved to lose because they scored twice and we made massive mistakes for both goals. Nobody has to feel sorry for us, we will win football games and that is what we want to do on Saturday,” Klopp said.