Chelsea suffered an agonising defeat to Manchester City on Sunday in the Carabao Cup on penalties.
The Blues came up against the same opponents that beat them 6-0 two weeks earlier at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League.
Maurizio Sarri’s side delivered a much greater performance in the cup final to restore some pride and the contest went the distance, but ultimately they ended up on the losing side.
The West London club were beaten 4-3 on penalties, as Jorginho and David Luiz missed from the spot.
Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was unfortunately the villain, as he refused to leave the pitch in the closing stages of extra-time despite Sarri’s wishes.
Many Chelsea fans were delighted with the performance of their defender Emerson Palmieri, who got the nod over teammate Marcos Alonso in the left-back area.
The 24-year-old really impressed on his 17th first-team appearance of the season and has surely done enough to become a regular starter from now.
He managed to deal with the best that was thrown at him from the likes of Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.
The two-time capped Italy international demonstrated his defensive instincts on numerous occasions and his pace helped him.
Here are some of the Chelsea fan tweets raving about Emerson’s performance:
No matter the final result this is a win for Emerson. Man should own that starting LB spot
— Gudjohnsen 🌐 (@SalieCFC) February 24, 2019
Emerson so far has been great. Defensively and offensively he’s been sound, and he’s done well against Silva and Sterling. Alonso is finished I’m afraid.
— Oliver Cliff (@OliCliffCFC) February 24, 2019
— Jishnu Srivastava (@JishnuSri8) February 24, 2019
Emerson proving everybody right, you love to see it.
— . (@DanCFCSalmons) February 24, 2019
Emerson is years ahead of Alonso. He should be in the team every week #CFC
— Jake (@JakeAdamson_) February 24, 2019
Emerson has to be a starter now
— chloe (@_ChloeCFC) February 24, 2019
Emerson is such a positive for this team. #CFC
— Kiran Jayakumar (@kiranjykmr) February 24, 2019
— bryce (@brycent_) February 24, 2019
Emerson doing well #cfc
— Matt Dunn (@mattdunn25) February 24, 2019