Timo Werner scored his first goal of the season as a much-changed Chelsea side crept into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup by beating Aston Villa 4-3 on penalties after the Stamford Bridge clash ended 1-1 on Wednesday
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel made 10 changes to his starting lineup and German striker Werner took his opportunity to give his side the lead in the 54th minute as he headed a Reece James cross past Villa keeper Jed Steer.
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Werner should have made it 2-0 almost immediately but shot wide and Villa responded with youngster Cameron Archer’s superb header from a Matty Cash cross sending the tie to penalties.
Chelsea, who lost on Romelu Lukaku late on, forged ahead in the shootout as Villa’s Marvelous Nakamba and Ashley Young both failed to score but Ben Chilwell struck the crossbar when he could have sealed it for the hosts.
Reece James made no mistake though as Chelsea set up a fourth-round home clash with Southampton.
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“It was a good game full of energy, good chances on both sides between two teams who tried everything to win,” Tuchel said on the Chelsea website.
“Aston Villa played very strong, as they did 10 days ago, and again today. We also did very well.
“It was a nice game to watch, to be in the stadium for. This is also part of what we do, to have entertainment.
“I’m happy because we won, it was a hard one, and now we have some competitive minutes in more players’ legs.”
Tuchel added: “We had many changes, the team had never played in this formation.
“This needs a bit of time on the field, but it was important we don’t expect too much in terms of how we create chances.
“We expected energy and teamwork, and this is what we got out of it, (as) with every minute we got more confident.”
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Tuchel said of the former Athletic Bilbao stopper: “Kepa is very strong at penalties. He has good experiences in shoot-outs so we focused on that, and tried our best.
“I’m happy the players kept their cool.
“It’s a nice win and I’m happy because it was a tough match, a hard cup fight, and it’s a good feeling to win.”
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Villa assistant boss Craig Shakespeare felt the players could leave Stamford Bridge proud of their own efforts.
“We’re disappointed to go out. We came here with a game plan and we picked a team that needed minutes,” Shakespeare said on www.avfc.co.uk.
“At times, Chelsea’s superiority in terms of possession meant we had to hang in there at times in the second half.
“The overall performance and chances we created, the lads can be very, very pleased with.
“However, they’re disappointed in the changing room to go out.”