Was traveling yesterday so didn't manage to see it live. I was pleased to read about Barkley getting a goal, and that Kepa had made some great saves. Manged to watch it on replay today and I think Kepa had a very good game, but other than the goal Barkley again showed that he's a backup player at best.
What a shaky start to that game, and I wonder if that comes from changes in the CB pairing, but thankfully didn't concede and then took the game to Liverpool which was refreshing to see. Yes they had about 7 changes, but still a great team and we should hold our heads high.
Injuries look to really plague us this season, and I'm struggling to think what formation we play against Everton at the weekend. I hope Kova is fit, because in the post match interview, Lamaprd said that even RLC knows that he's not fully match fit, so I can't see him starting. I could see us playing 3-4-3 but who makes up the midfield 2 I don't know!
Love seeing Billy getting MOTM, I felt he'd get overrun in the midfield but his composure was exemplary for a lad of only 18; he looked more mature than some of his seniors in that game. I try not to get too hyped about him, as anyone that's known me over the years knows that I've longed to see another Scotsman in the ranks of Chelsea. I hope he gets a couple more games, or at least game time while Jorginho is out.
Frustrating that we didn't score more, but onto the next round, so that's all that matters. I do have to call out Pedro, though. I though he played well, but frustrating. His defensive contribution was exceptional, his finishing was maddening. I think he ran out of steam around the 75 minute mark, and therefore I think he's got to be replaced in the starting 11 next season. Hopefully by then all our young lads, and Ziyech will be ready to go. Absolute stalwart of a player, and I'll miss him, but the time is right to accept that this is his final season with us.