Chelsea secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, making their way into the next round of the FA Cup.
The Blues were victorious over the Championship side for the second consecutive year with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ross Barkley scoring the two goals. It was a sigh of relief for Frank Lampard whose home record in recent times has been disappointing to say the least. However, there was a lot to smile about in the latest fixture with Chelsea putting in an admirable performance at the Bridge…
The Future is Bright for Reece James
James put in another superb performance on Sunday, with the full-back constantly causing havoc for Forest on the right flank. Every time the ball was at his feet, he had Chelsea supporters watching on in excitement, anticipating what the youngster would do next. During the 90 minutes, James completed 100% of both his tackles and dribbles, as well as creating two big chances for his side during the match. His crossing was also incredible, with his partnership alongside Hudson-Odoi on the right particularly admirable. If the lad continues to give these brilliant performances, it will be hard for Frank Lampard to deny his place in the starting XI, right?
A Much-Needed Lift for Hudson-Odoi
From one talented youngster to another, Hudson-Odoi also had an excellent game for the Blues on Sunday. Although the 19-year-old has received a fair amount of criticism for his performances in recent weeks, the youngster reminded us of the amount of potential he still currently possesses. His goal against Nottingham Forest was a beauty, with the winger cutting inside before striking with his left foot at the near post. Hudson-Odoi nearly got on the scoresheet again, but his shot was denied by Jordan Smith as Barkley secured the rebound. Let’s hope this recent cup fixture will give him the confidence he needs to continue this form into the Premier League and beyond.
A Solid Performance by Fikayo Tomori
Another defender who performed exceptionally well against Forest was 22-year-old Fikayo Tomori. The centre-back put in a set of great tackles against the Championship team, appearing confident through the entirety of the FA Cup fixture. Although the young star was lucky to not give away a penalty in the first half, he made up for it with his determination to win back the ball in key areas. Lampard is still yet to find the perfect centre-back partnership – but slotting this youngster in at the back may be the wiser move for the Blues going forward.
Another Disappointing Game for Michy Batshuayi
If there was one game that Batshuayi needed to prove himself, it was this one. With the January window now open and Chelsea’s need to sign a new backup striker more evident, especially with Oliver Giroud’s departure highly likely, it was vital for the Belgium international to get on the scoresheet. However, during the game, the 26-year-old missed a set of easy chances for the Blues, following some superb crosses by fellow teammate James. The striker’s first disappointing miss came in the first half when the Belgium’s header failed to find the back of the net. With rumours circulating the forward’s protentional move to Crystal Palace, Batshuayi’s time with Chelsea may well and truly be over.
A Bigger Win Needed for the Blues?
With Chelsea gaining a ridiculous 76% of possession, the Blues could have easily taken advantage of their dominance in the game. They also had 17 shots compared to Nottingham Forest’s two – and with Sabri Lamouchi also putting out a weaker side, would it be criminal to suggest that Chelsea could have netted a few more on Sunday afternoon? That being said, there won’t be many complaints by supporters after their recent home victory.