Chelsea secured a significant victory on Tuesday night, earning a spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at the expense of Blackburn Rovers. Mauricio Pochettino made a notable decision to include Benoit Badiashile, Reece James, and Enzo Fernandez in the starting lineup, despite their recent injury concerns. Fortunately, there were no setbacks, providing a boost for Chelsea ahead of their upcoming match against Tottenham.
Cole Palmer, who delivered an impressive performance during the weekend, once again played a pivotal role in Sterling’s goal. This underlined his importance and sent a clear message to Pochettino regarding the 21-year-old’s capabilities. In other news, there is a significant update on Ivan Toney’s status ahead of the January transfer window.
Three reasons why Cole Palmer and Christopher Nkunku can be instrumental in rescuing Chelsea’s season:
Cole Palmer’s presence in the team has already led to improved goal-scoring and results, with the exception of the match against Brentford where he stood out as a standout player. For instance, Palmer has already provided more assists than Joao Felix did during his six-month loan spell at Chelsea. He has also scored twice, albeit both goals came from penalty kicks, and registered a 2.0 expected assists (xA) figure, which is four times greater than Felix managed in half the minutes played.
Chelsea captain Reece James conveyed a message to Benoit Badiashile as they both returned to the starting lineup in the Carabao Cup victory over Blackburn Rovers. Both players had been dealing with injuries this season but are now back in the fold.
Levi Colwill, a Chelsea defender, issued a warning to Tottenham Hotspur ahead of their upcoming Premier League London derby, expressing confidence in Chelsea’s ability to defeat their rivals.
Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou praised the impact of Mauricio Pochettino at the club and expects a level of respect for the former head coach when he returns with Chelsea.
Chelsea could face a situation similar to the one surrounding Mason Mount in the summer transfer window, as another star player has an uncertain future. Mount experienced a challenging season due to injuries and managerial changes that affected his form and role within the team.
Gary Neville issued a warning to Erik ten Hag as the pressure on the Manchester United manager intensified. He described Ten Hag as “struggling in front of our eyes” and expressed concerns about the club’s prospects in the Premier League and Champions League.
Cole Palmer became an injury concern for Chelsea after sustaining a slight ankle knock during the match against Blackburn Rovers.
Reece James discussed his journey of returning from injury and making a starting appearance against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea squad did not suffer any further injury setbacks in the Carabao Cup win over Blackburn Rovers, with Benoit Badiashile, Enzo Fernandez, and Reece James all starting as planned.
Former Chelsea player Emmanuel Petit highlighted the importance of Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling, and Conor Gallagher in Chelsea’s squad, emphasizing their roles in taking responsibility and stepping up, especially in the absence of key players like Chilwell due to injury.
There is a significant update regarding the potential transfer of Ivan Toney, with both Arsenal and Chelsea expressing interest in signing the Brentford striker, who could command a price of up to £100 million. Brentford is considering keeping him until the end of the 2023/24 season.