CHELSEA BACK TO WINNING WAYS IN FA CUP THIRD ROUND
The blues finally returned to winning ways after being put to the sword by a rampant Man City side last weekend.
Morecambe’s Adam Philip almost caught Kepa at his near post after his low cross almost went in behind the Chelsea keeper, but Kepa did well enough to rescue the awkward situation.
Soon afterward Mason mount put Chelsea ahead with a rasping drive from 25 yards out to hand Chelsea the initiative. From that point on, the blues never looked like relinquishing control of the contest in what at times looked like a one-sided affair.
Timo Werner doubled Chelsea’s lead from close range, scoring his first goal since November 7– before Odoi added the third from an exquisite Hakim Ziyech assist.
There was still enough time for Kai Havertz to register his name on the score sheet; the German international have been struggling for form since his arrival at the bridge which has cumulated in him putting out strings of unconvincing performances.
Morecambe, who were making their long overdue appearance in the FA Cup third round since 2003 were ill-equipped for the tie, and the scoreline at the end gave a clear reflection of the gulf in class between the two teams.
The away team also paid tribute to their late player Christian Mbulu, who died in May 2020 by displaying his frame at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard must have been pleased with the result after some series of uninspiring performances by his team.
Up next: the blues will be up against Fulham in a West London derby during the weekend where they will be looking to continue their latest resurgence. Morecambe have a league two game at Leyton Orient.