Alvaro Morata scored an injury-time winner to send Chelsea into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. The Blues took the lead early on in the first half through Willian, who tapped in from close range after great link-up play from Kenedy and Cesc Fabregas. Bournemouth equalised in the 90th minute after Dan Gosling curled in from the edge of the box. Less than a minute later, the Blues regained the lead through Morata. Another win for Chelsea, here’s who impressed on Wednesday night:
3. Alvaro Morata
Although a late substitution into the game, the man who scored the game’s winning goal cannot be ignored. Combining well with Eden Hazard again, the Spaniard did well to score past the onrushing Artur Boruc to put Chelsea back in front. He will miss Saturday’s game, however, after he was booked for his celebration – his fifth this season. His eleventh goal of the season so far.
Was a key part of Chelsea’s opening goal, as he provided a brilliant backheel to Cesc Fabregas, who in turn found Willian for an easy tap-in. A lack of first-team action for Kenedy has seen him on the fringes of Antonio Conte’s team this year, but the Brazilian provided a reason why he could be an adequate back-up for Marcos Alonso at left wing-back.
1. Ethan Ampadu
What a performance. The youngster played in the heart of the back three, with Andreas Christensen being given the night off. Despite being booked after less than two minutes, Ampadu looked assured, composed and natural in the Chelsea back-line. He was superb on the ball, and completed nearly every pass attempted. Despite only being 17 years old, he played with the maturity of a player ten years his senior. The Welshman has a great career ahead of him, and should be included in the Chelsea squad on a regular basis.