Chelsea 4-0 Hull City: Conte’s Blues Cruise Into FA Cup Quarterfinals With An Easy Win
A top class Chelsea performance pulverised Hull City’s hopes in the FA Cup as the champions of England progressed with a 4-0 triumph. Like he’s done for most parts of the season when given a chance, Willian inspired the win with two goals and carried the team home with his individual brilliance.
Pedro doubled the lead 25 minutes later before Olivier Giroud got off the mark in a Chelsea shirt at the cusp of half-time, to make it a long night for Hull City. Although Willian struck a 25-yard shot and Pedro calmly ran in behind the defence and signed it off, the Blues failed to finish some easy chances.
Caballero was tested in the second-half by Jackson Irvine and Adama Diomande but that wasn’t enough to disturb Chelsea’s mood. Willian’s hat-trick was denied by the post when he lined one up from 30 yards late on. Olivier Giroud played a major hand in three goals, providing two and scoring one. Overall, a stunning display by Conte’s boys left the Tigers toothless.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Willy Caballero: 9/10
Was a spectator in the first half apart from a superb penalty save. In the second half, as mentioned above, he came up with the goods.
Antonio Rudiger: 8/10
Was very powerful in the air, quick to cut out danger and was solid throughout the game.
Ethan Ampadu: 8.5/10
He hasn’t let anybody down since beginning his senior career. Ampadu was aware, alert and composed when on the ball. How mature can a 17-year-old get?
Gary Cahill: 7.5/10
A reliable performance by the captain. He accepted no nonsense and barely allowed a Hull player to get past him. Also, he supervised Ampadu’s positioning and defending.
Davidé Zappacosta: 7/10
Decent performance at the back and a couple of illustrious moments going forward. Almost scored in the second half.
Cesc Fabregas: 8.5/10
Beautiful, beautiful performance. We all know what happens when Cesc Fabregas is given time and space in midfield to pick his passes. Move on.
Danny Drinkwater: 7.5/10
Good pass completion rate, work rate and awareness. His positioning was alright and so was his defensive contribution. He protected his defenders well.
Emerson Palmieri: 7/10
A brilliant show going forward as he always looked to take the defenders on and get the better of them. Defensively, he wasn’t disturbed much. Provided a key assist to fellow new boy Giroud to kick-start his Chelsea career.
Willian had most touches in the opposition half and he was everywhere. He linked and joined the play together, attacked with flair, pace and sharpness. Scored two sumptuous goals, with the first one clearly showing the Brazilian’s class. He has certainly given Conte a good selection headache ahead of the Barcelona game.
Energetic and zealous, Pedro’s movement disturbed Hull City’s defensive shape and his finish was as cool as you like. Should have scored one more though.
Olivier Giroud: 9/10
He showed sheer strength and physicality in his hold-up play, set up Willian for his goals and stamped his name on the scoresheet. He is really fitting in well.
Callum Hudson-Odoi: 7.5/10
Not as incisive as a Pedro or a Willian, but very pacy and explosive. His defensive contribution was noteworthy too.
Kyle Scott: 6.5/10
Fine with his forward passing, positioning and work rate, but needs to be careful with his tackling.
Alvaro Morata: 6/10
Not much influence. The game was all done and dusted when he came on.