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Chelsea ease pressure on Pochettino with classy Cup win at Villa
Published on: Thursday, February 08, 2024
By: AFP
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Chelsea ease pressure on Pochettino with classy Cup win at Villa
Aston Villa’s Matty Cash (left) is challenged by Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell during their FA Cup match. (AP pic)
BIRMINGHAM: Chelsea responded to a troubling week with a superb 3-1 win at Aston Villa to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup and put a smile back on the face of Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday.

Successive heavy losses in the Premier League had left manager Pochettino under intense scrutiny, but first-half goals by Conor Gallagher and Nicolas Jackson put Chelsea in control before Enzo Fernandez struck a sublime freekick after halftime.

Villa, who are on the fringe of the Premier League title race and 15 points above Chelsea, were outplayed pretty much from start to finish as their Cup hopes evaporated and Moussa Diaby’s late effort was a mere consolation.

Eight-time FA Cup winners Chelsea will host Leeds United in round five and also have a League Cup final against Liverpool to look forward to later this month.

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