Chelsea beat Brentford 2-0 in the Carabao Cup quarter-final last night to book a date with Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-final.
A late Pontus Jansson own-goal and a Jorginho penalty was enough for the Blues to secure the victory away at the Brentford Community Stadium
Chelsea had to bring their A game last night and three Chelsea stars really performed above expectations in the well deserved win.
Kepa started in goal for Chelsea last night and the Spaniard put up a very impressive performance against a dangerous looking Brentford attack in the first half.
Kepa denied Brentford from going ahead in the first half with two brilliant saves and the Spanish goalkeeper commanded his area from then on as he kept his first clean sheet in the Carabao Cup this season. Little wonder Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was full of praise at full-time.
“He’s in that state of mind as a person, a character and a sportsman where he just delivers.
‘This is what he shows every day in training and that’s why he gets the rewards and has these kind of performances.” Tuchel said after the game
Saúl played what was arguably his best game in Chelsea shirt last night.
The Spaniard has not found this is easy since joining on loan from Atletico Madrid in the summer but last night he rose the bar as he bossed the midfield against Brentford with top class touches and some very accurate passes.
Saúl’s link-up with Marcos Alonso down the left flank was also threatening for Brentford in the second half last night and a few goalscoring opportunities were created from that end.
Alonso has been struggling to fill the void left by the injured Ben Chilwell at left wing-back for Chelsea but he performed better his recent low standards.
The Spanish wing-back frequently got the better of his man Sergi Canos on the left side of Chelsea’s attack and he even drew a yellow card from the Brentford wing-back.
Alonso’s link-up on the left flank with Saúl Niguez also caused problems for the Brentford defence in the second half.