Chelsea reached the FA Cup quarterfinals with Tammy Abraham scored the winner for his side’s only attempt on target edge past Barnsley 1-0.
Abraham was forced to make a headed goal-line clearance towards the end to deny Barnsley substitute Michael Sollbauer an equaliser.
A goal at one end and a goal-line clearance at the other!
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“We changed to a back four and took Marcos out for this tactical change. Andreas had to go out because he had a headache. The changes made it a little easier to get into the opponent’s half and overcome the first press,” Tuchel told the BBC after the game.
“We did it well at the start of the second half and played constantly in the opponent’s half.
“We scored the goal and I had the feeling that they increased the risk but we stepped down in the little decisions. Not enough courage and it was too deep for a long, long time.
“We clearly can play better, so yes I expected more but not in terms that I am frustrated.
“If you lack a rhythm and a bit of self-confidence and you have to show on this pitch, against an opponent that takes all the risk and plays the game of his life, that is not easy. We can do better but I don’t want to be too hard on the players.”
Chelsea are now unbeaten in five games since Tuchel took charge in January.
Chelsea will take on Premier League strugglers Sheffield United in the quarter final of the competition on Saturday 20 March 2021.
Barnsley XI: Collins, Brittain, Sibbick, Helik, Andersen, Styles, Mowatt, Kane, Chaplin, Woodrow, Adeboyejo.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Emerson, Christensen, Zouma, Alonso, Gilmour, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Pulisic, Abraham