All you need to know about ‘Chelsea vs Chesterfield’ FA Cup round 3

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All you need to know about Thomas Tuchel’s press conference ahead of our FA Cup round 3 tie against Chesterfield, the Chelsea coach spoke about the team news and formation possibilities for the game amidst the open transfer window.

Chesterfield were the first team ever to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, on 21 October 1905 in Division Two. They were one of only two sides to win at the Bridge in our first season. The other was Gainsborough Trinity, who now play in the Northern Premier League {sixth tier}

The Blues have reached four of the past five finals in this competition, The visitor’s task this weekend is a frightening one, though, aiming to repeat what the likes of Wimbledon did at Burnley in 1975 and Altrincham at Birmingham in 1986 by being a non-league team winning on a top-flight ground in this tournament.

Chelsea FA Cup win in 2018 against Manchester United.

Over the past decade, 63 of the 80 FA Cup quarter-finalists have come from Premier League and only one from outside the Football League, Lincoln City in 2017. Chelsea last failed to qualify from the stage in 1998, when Manchester United won 5-3 in West London.

Tournament regulations

There will be no replays in this season’s tournament. if a match is all-square after 90 minutes, extra time will be played and if necessary, penalty kicks will decide the result. Video Assistant Referee {VAR} system is in use for this match and all others hosted at Premier League stadiums. Five substitutes, drawn from a bench of nine, are allowed in three batches excluding half-time. Injury replacements are also allowed.

Chelsea team news

Injury and illness mean Thomas Tuchel is likely to draw on his extended squad including youngsters for this tie against the National League leaders. Some positive Covid tests ruled Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante out of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final, in which Superstar Kai Havertz broke a finger and the Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta cramped up but both players are confirmed fit for the Saturday game.

A comfortable victory was secured in Stamford Bridge, with a success in the change of formation from 3-4-3 to 4-4-2 that left Tottenham surpassed in midfield and outshine in all positions.

The German Manager may aim to rest key players ahead of Wednesday’s second leg and the showdown at Manchester City three days later. it may mean a starting up for goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Timo Werner, Ross Barkley, Malang Sarr, Saul Niguez, and Hakim Ziyech, whose midweek performance was so applauded.

Chelsea 2-0 win against Tottenham in Wednesday night.

This may well be a game for the Chelsea teenagers too, especially with five replacements allowed. The Carabao Cup quarter-final at Brentford notched up the 50th senior introduction of Academy graduate in the Roman Abramovich era, and Jude Soonsup-Bell, Harvey Vale, and Xavier Simons, who came off the bench on the Midweek game, this is clear to the Chelsea coach that they are capable of stepping up.

Clubs with most FA Cups in history

Arsenal 14

Manchester United 12

Chelsea 8

Tottenham 8

Aston Villa 7

Liverpool 7

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