Blues handed home tie in FA Cup

The draw for the stage at which Premier League and Championship clubs enter the competition was made on Monday evening.

It will be our first ever meeting with Morecambe who are currently 15th in their division. 

The ties are to take place across the weekend of 8 to 11 January, with the exact dates to be announced in due course.

The full draw, which includes Tottenham visiting eighth-tier non-league side Marine, all-Premier League ties between Wolves and Palace, Arsenal and Newcastle, Villa and Liverpool, and a west London derby with QPR hosting Fulham, is: 

Huddersfield Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Southampton vs Shrewsbury Town
Chorley vs Derby County
Marine vs Tottenham
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Crystal Palace
Stockport County vs West Ham United
Oldham Athletic vs AFC Bournemouth
Manchester United vs Watford
Stevenage vs Swansea City
Everton vs Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City
Arsenal vs Newcastle United
Barnsley vs Tranmere Rovers
Bristol Rovers vs Sheffield United
Canvey Island/Boreham Wood vs Millwall
Blackburn Rovers vs Doncaster Rovers
Stoke City vs Leicester City
Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End
Crawley Town vs Leeds United
Burnley vs Milton Keynes Dons
Bristol City vs Portsmouth
Queens Park Rangers vs Fulham
Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Brentford vs Middlesbrough
Manchester City vs Birmingham City
Luton Town vs Reading
Chelsea vs Morecambe
Exeter City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Norwich City vs Coventry City
Blackpool vs West Bromwich Albion
Newport County vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Cheltenham Town vs Mansfield Town


The Debrief: Animated video explains Kovacic’s impact and analyses our threat down the right

We had 13 attempts of our own, of which three were on target, three blocked and nine from inside the box. None were deemed big chances. 

Tammy Abraham had four attempts, twice as many as anyone else. 

Other statistical highlights

We were accurate with 89 per cent (587/657) of our passes. Reece James with a 96 per cent completion rate was marginally more accurate than Thiago Silva and Kovacic (both 95 per cent). 

James and Kante played three key passes each. 

Abraham was dominant in the air, winning five aerial duels, two more than anyone else. 

By the time of the next league meeting between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, we will have lost once to them at home in 30 years.


Watch the highlights from London derby draw now

Match Report: Chelsea 0 Tottenham 0

Sunday afternoon’s top-four London derby was the tight affair many would have predicted between two in-form teams, but without the goals expected from sides who are, with Liverpool, the Premier League’s top scorers.


Lampard: We did enough to win

Chances were at a premium during a tightly-contested London derby but the best ones fell our way, notably in injury time when Olivier Giroud underhit a lobbed effort. 

At the other end we were rock solid in defence, with Tottenham limited to a solitary on-target effort, and that from range. So it was largely satisfied Lampard who spoke afterwards, and started with his overall assessment of the game…

‘We dominated big parts,’ he said. 

‘We played a really good game. Everything we talked about before the game in terms of nullifying their counter-attacking threat we did really well. That part of the game was fantastic. They didn’t have a chance until we almost gifted them one at the end. 

‘We created enough. It’s difficult to play against Tottenham when they defend in a low, central block. You have to try and go round them, and it’s not easy whilst making sure you don’t allow counter-attacking transition. We were great at that. 

‘We did enough to win the game without getting that last little bit that would win it for us. Sometimes you rely on a bit of magic or something to drop for you when you have that much dominance, and it didn’t quite come. There was only one team searching for that for the majority, and that was us. 

‘So I have a balanced feeling after the game. Big parts were great, hence the clean sheet, but it was a game we could and probably should have won.’


Women’s Champions League dates set

Earlier this week it was announced the Blues will begin our 2020/21 Champions League campaign against Portuguese side Benfica. We will travel to Lisbon for the first leg which will take place on Wednesday 9 December at Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal. The match in the Portuguese capital kicks off at 3pm UK time.

The return match will be a week later on Wednesday 16 December at Kingsmeadow with a 7pm kick-off.

Chelsea FC Women manager Emma Hayes commented on the draw and said: ‘We know it’s an unknown and they’ve a big history in the men’s game, so there’s a lot of excitement about that.

‘But, as much as anything, it’s excitement at just being back in the tournament. Opening up with a trip to Portugal, hopefully a day of warm weather, is great.

‘From what we’ve seen so far they’re a well-organised team and good on the counter. They’ve got highly technical players, a combination of Portuguese- and Brazilian-style football, so they keep the ball very well and I think it will be a different style to what we’re used to facing every week.

‘But as I’ve always stated, it’s about what we do. We make no secret of the fact we want to make progress in the competition this season, but we also know we have to be at our absolute best, and another level, if we’re going to dislodge some of the heavyweights.’