Chelsea: Lampard insists job isn't under immediate threat
Chelsea made light work of Morecambe in the FA Cup after Frank Lampard named a very strong XI. They join the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the next round after goals from Mason Mount, Timo Werner and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea returned to some form in the FA Cup after a disastrous spell in the Premier League to see them through to the next round of the competition.
Lampard came into the match under pressure which may have affected his decision to field a team full of internationals against a team in League Two.
And the Blues made sure that there was no chance of an upset after a rampant display at Stamford Bridge.
Mount celebrated his 22nd birthday with a fine strike from distance to open the scoring before Werner doubled the lead before half-time.
It was the German’s first goal in 12 matches after nodding home a header from his compatriot Kai Havertz, who has also struggled for form recently.
Hudson-Odoi made it three after a brilliant chipped pass from Hakim Ziyech, who was a danger all afternoon for the Shrimpers.
Chelsea wrapped up the match with a quality team effort after Havertz headed home from Cesar Azpilicueta.
The Spaniard was sent down the flank by Tammy Abraham before putting in a great cross for the £72m man.
All in all, it was a comfortable afternoon for Chelsea – who managed their first win since December 21.
They face fellow west Londoners Fulham next in the Premier League on Friday night at Craven Cottage.
Kepa – 6
Hairy moment early on after he was nearly caught out by turned his mistake into a very good save.
Azpilicueta – 6
Much better in defence than in attack, which made his job fairly simple today.
Rudiger – 7
Never gave Morecambe forward Cole Stockton an inch and on another day would have scored from a corner or two.
Zouma – 6
Had a quiet afternoon at Stamford Bridge
Emerson – 6
Had several shots as he moved in-field for much of the contest and showed decent endeavour.
Gilmour – 7
Chelsea’s metronome in midfield, after a serious injury at the start of the season the Scotsman should see his first-team appearances increases.
Mount – 8
Best player on the pitch on his 22nd birthday, a brilliant strike to break the deadlock and combined well with the forwards.
Hudson-Odoi – 8
Gave Morecambe’s defence problems all day and fully desired his goal for being so direct.
Allowed to venture forward more as he continues to grow confidence. Good awareness to head across goal for Werner’s goal and grabbed a late one for himself.
Ziyech – 8
Keeping the Moroccan fit is a must for Chelsea, has a wand of a left-foot creating several chances.
Werner – 6
Finally ended a run of 12 matches without a goal before coming off for Olivier Giroud. Job done.
Subs: Giroud (6), Pulisic (5), Abraham (6), Tomori (5), Anjorin (5).
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