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Thomas Tuchel delights in Chelsea’s penalty shootout victory over Southampton

Thomas Tuchel revels in Chelsea’s penalty shootout victory over Southampton as the German praises the team for fighting after last-minute changes threatened to ruin the Blues.


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Thomas Tuchel was delighted that Chelsea were able to overcome some last minute changes in the team’s selection to overtake Southampton after another penalty shoot-out in the Carabao Cup.

The Blues required shots from the spot to beat Aston Villa in the previous round at Stamford Bridge and it was the case again in the knockout stages after Che Adams’ touch canceled Kai Havertz’s 44-minute opener.

Both sides had chances to grab a second, but penalties were required and although Fraser Forster denied Mason Mount from 12 yards, Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone fired off target for the Saints to ensure Chelsea advanced by a score of 4-3. .

Thomas Tuchel has been delighted with Chelsea's progression to the next round of the Carabao Cup

Thomas Tuchel has been delighted with Chelsea’s progression to the next round of the Carabao Cup

After Tuchel saw Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek discarded the day before the fourth round tie, he was happy to reach the quarterfinals.

“We had some last minute changes because three potential starters got injured in training, so it wasn’t planned that way and there aren’t that many options from the bench,” he said.

“We knew it was the first time we played together like this and things would be difficult against a team that put as much pressure on you as Southampton and that’s how it was.

“It was a good football game, good performances from both teams and a tough game, but in the end we won with a penalty shoot-out.”

The Blues advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Southampton on penalties on Tuesday

The Blues advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Southampton on penalties on Tuesday

The Blues advanced to the quarter-finals after beating Southampton on penalties on Tuesday

Tuchel expects Azpilicueta (shoulder) to be fit to face Newcastle at the weekend, while Christensen is ready to return to training on Thursday following surgery on his tooth.

Meanwhile, Loftus-Cheek reported some discomfort to his hip on Monday, which meant Saul and Ross Barkley got the nod, but it was Havertz who grabbed the first goal a minute before the break having failed to score in the 7th win. -0 from Norwich.

The German had seen an earlier effort whiz past the post before Forster flipped another, but his header from Barkley’s corner in the 44th minute found the net to take him to three goals this season.

The German revealed that several last minute replacements threatened to ruin his team

The German revealed that several last minute replacements threatened to ruin his team

The German revealed that several last minute replacements threatened to ruin his team

Southampton responded immediately after the break when Adams hit home plate after Kyle Walker-Peters was denied and, despite late pressure from the visitors, went to penalties where Chelsea prevailed to secure a spot in the last eight.

Tuchel added: ‘All competition is important competition. We don’t want to judge what is more or less important.

“When you go out and put on your shirt and prepare for the games, we play all-in. The competition doesn’t matter, because that’s what the club is about and what the players want.

‘There is no trial. Players have their chance and they use it. The problem is that we have another game now in December that is quite full. ‘

Overall, Tuchel says he was satisfied with his team's performance over the course of a tough tie.

Overall, Tuchel says he was satisfied with his team's performance over the course of a tough tie.

Overall, Tuchel says he was satisfied with his team’s performance over the course of a tough tie.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl made nine changes from the weekend’s draw at Burnley and praised his players.

“It was an intense and superb game and we had five substitutes, which was perfect. It gave us the chance to get to penalties ”, he insisted.

“We did everything we could today and it was a fantastic match for everyone at the stadium.

“It was a thriller and a typical top tie. We wanted to give them a hard night and I think we did. It’s a shame that we couldn’t take the victory, but I’m very proud of my team. They all did a fantastic job. ‘

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