Chelsea eliminate Backburn and advance to the quarterfinals of the English League Cup

Chelsea is qualified for the quarter-finals of the 2023/24 English League Cup (Carabao Cup). Qualification for this, which is the third most important tournament in England, came this Wednesday (1/11) after the home victory, at Starmford Bridge, over Blackburn Rovers. Badiashile and Sterling scored. It was a fair victory for a team that had 70% possession, and three times as many shots 22 to 7 (but those seven dops Rovers just one in the direction of goal).

With this, Chelsea continues in search of its sixth title in this competition, which is the third in importance in English football. Their last achievement was in 2015. Blackburn, who play in English second place and were Premier League champions in 1911/12, 13/14 and 1995/96, were fighting for first place in the English League Cup.

Benoit Badiashile, covered up, is celebrated by his Chelsea teammates after scoring his team's first goal against Blackburn

Benoit Badiashile, covered up, is celebrated by his Chelsea teammates after scoring his team’s first goal against Blackburn

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Chelsea’s victory more than deserved

Chelsea had a lot of volume, while Blackburn bet on occasional and fruitless counterattacks. Thus, the Blues’ first goal took a while to arrive. It came in the 30th minute, when after a cross from the right, goalkeeper Wahlstedt blocked it badly, into his area. The ball hit Badiashile, who shot and made the home team take the lead.

The second goal came in the second half, following a defensive failure by Blackburn, in the 14th minute. A Palmer steal found Sterlingh unmarked. The striker only needed to play for coverage, with no chance for goalkeeper Wahlstedt. From then on, under the rain, Chelsea only managed the advantage, but always in complete control of the match. In the end Sigurdsson almost scored one for Blackburn. But goalkeeper Sánchez saved it.

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