Tammy Abraham netted the only goal of the game in the second half to separate the sides but for a large part of the game, the Blues team which had 10 changes from the weekend Premier League win, were matched by our opponents from the Championship. It was a contrast to the 6-0 win at home to Barnsley in the Carabao Cup earlier in the season.
‘I have to be honest, yes, I am relieved,’ said Tuchel before returning south, ‘but we can stop the analysis. It is already done. Chelsea through to the quarter-finals – full-stop!
‘We can clearly play better, it was not our best performance,’ he continued. ‘To cope with the difficulties today was hard for us.
‘To cope with the pressure, to escape the pressure in our own half we made some changes at half-time, then we played better in the second half, in a different structure to help the team.
‘We played it very well until we scored a very nice goal but after that, the opponent again took a lot of risks and played very aggressively. We had trouble to cope with the first challenges, trouble to cope with the second balls and so in the end it was way too deep for too many minutes.