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Chelsea 2-1 Everton player ratings, stats and reaction: Blues ace makes history as Antonio Conte sets sights on another trophy

Chelsea cruised into the quarter finals of the Carabao Cup this evening, although they had to do it the hard way.

Summer signing Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring with a fine looping header in the first half to give the home side the lead.

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The Blues then doubled their in the 93rd minute, as Willian linked up well with Cesc Fabregas before the Brazilian fired home.

The Toffees halved the deficit thanks to Dominic Calvert-Lewin a minute later, however they failed to find an equaliser as Antonio Conte’s side secured a place in the next round.

Man of the Match

Chelsea’s Argentine shot-stopper Willy Caballero will take the plaudits tonight, as the former Man City ace made a number of world-class stops to deny Everton on numerous occasions.

Everton had many chances throughout the second half to level the scoring, however Caballero was equal every time as he almost single handedly made sure the Blues were in the hat for the next round.

He was so good, even his manager Antonio Conte singled out his performance post-match

Flop of the match

Chelsea’s Brazilian winger Willian had an absolute shocker tonight despite his goal.

Time and time again the winger misplaced his passes and lost the ball in dangerous areas despite his side being only one goal to the good.

His strike did end up sealing the Blues’ place in the next round, however if he’s to find a way into Conte’ starting line up in the near future, he’s going to have to perform a lot better than he did today.


Stat of the Match 

Ethan Ampadu made Blues history tonight, and something tells me this isn’t the last time we’ll be hearing his name.

Player ratings:

Chelsea: Caballero 8, Rudiger 7, Christensen 7, Cahill 6, Zappacosta 7, Drinkwater 7, Ampadu 6, Kenedy 6, Willian 6, Batshuayi 6, Musonda 6 / Subs: Fabregas 7, Pedro 6, Morata 6

Everton: Pickford 6, Baines 5, Williams 6, Jagielka 6, Kenny 7, Baningime 6, McCarthy 6, Davies 7, Lennon 6, Mirallas 6, Rooney 6 / Subs: Lookman 7, Calvert-Lewin 6, Niasse 6

Reaction

These Chelsea players were all obviously happy with the result

And some fans were all praise for Caballero following his Man of the Match performance

Antonio Conte, meanwhile, took time off from complaining about how many competitions Chelsea are in to state his desire to go on and win the League Cup this term

And finally, Everton winger Yannick Bolasie clearly enjoyed this superb combo of crunching tackle and nimble footwork from young debutant Beni Baningime, retweeting the clip on his personal account…

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