Werner, Havertz end droughts as Chelsea restore confidence with FA Cup rout

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2021 3:27

Chelsea booked their place in the next round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 4-0 win over League Two side Morecambe.

The Blues have been struggling for consistency lately, which has heaped the pressure on manager Frank Lampard. Hence, playing a side from three divisions below was the perfect opportunity for them to regain their confidence.

It took Chelsea 18 minutes to break the deadlock. Mason Mount received the ball unmarked in an attacking midfield position, and needed no invitation to have a go at goal.

The England international found the bottom corner with his effort to make it 1-0. It was an ideal way to celebrate his 22nd birthday.

There was also reason to celebrate for Timo Werner late in the first half, as the striker finally ended his goal drought.

Werner had been without a goal since early November, but finished off a team move to double the lead in the 44th minute.

That goal also provided a confidence boost for two other summer signings, as Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz both contributed. The Moroccan crossed the ball for the German, who headed down to assist his compatriot Werner.

Chelsea increase distance in second half

It already seemed like it would be too much for Morecambe to come back from. But Chelsea put themselves out of sight within the first five minutes of the second half.

Ziyech set up Callum Hudson-Odoi with a ball floated over the top, before the winger controlled it with his left foot and finished with his right.

Chelsea were in cruise control for the remainder of the match, and there was even time for a fourth goal.

After setting up Werner earlier in the game, Havertz got a goal of his own – his first since mid-October. With a committed header, the midfielder made the most of Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross from the right.

It proved to be the last goal of the game, bringing an end to Morecambe’s run in the competition and providing Chelsea with a first win in four games.

Lampard will now be hoping to see a similar reaction when the focus returns to the Premier League on Friday.

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