An eventful week for the Chelsea Football Club has come to a conclusion. Even while Chelsea’s problems pale in comparison to those in Europe, they have been chaotic nonetheless, thanks to the current crisis in Ukraine, which puts this statement into perspective.
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Nothing could be more ambiguous than this
When it comes to Thomas Tuchel’s managerial career, he’s had an unclear week like no other. Immediately following Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, questions about Roman Abramovich’s control of Chelsea have dominated the news in light of the Russian war on Ukraine.
That query sparked an earthquake of reaction on Wednesday night. Just an hour before the start of Chelsea’s FA Cup 5th clash at Luton Town, Abramovich announced that his 19-year reign as Blues owner was drawing to a close, a time that has seen the club win 19 major trophies and become engulfed by controversy and uncertainty.
Tuchel has shown an impressive performance
To Tuchel’s credit, his players put in a professional effort to guarantee that the FA Cup campaign for this season would not be sidetracked by Abramovich’s declaration immediately thereafter. Football was really the only topic of conversation for many Singapore news commentators during the first 90 minutes of the game.
Following goals from Timo Werner and Saul Niguez, Luton was in with a chance of pulling off a big disappointment when Harry Cornick and Reece Burke placed them 2-1 up at the interval. However, Romelu Lukaku’s late goal guaranteed their progress to the quarterfinals.
Tuchel’s Chelsea is now looking ahead to Thursday’s draw for the quarter-finals and the next step in their pursuit for a domestic cup win. The club’s problem has been temporarily eased by events on the pitch. A new era following Abramovich has begun.
Spurs will need to keep their legs up
These days, you’d hardly know which Spurs are going to show up. After a 4-0 win over Leeds United at the weekend, Antonio Conte stuck with the same starting lineup, however, the Italian was met with a dismal showing from his team.
Everyone involved with Tottenham will be concerned by the fact that Middlesbrough simply had more ferocity than Spurs. Boro had the better of the match throughout, and a goal in extra time from 19-year-old Josh Coburn ensured that Spurs would finish the season without a trophy.
Who knows what Antonio Conte’s reaction will be to this collapse as Spurs’ inconsistencies continue to hinder any development and this setback could have long-term ramifications for his and Harry Kane’s futures. Not even the SG news sports experts would be able to know.
In order for this season to be salvaged, only a great finish in the EPL and a sudden rush further into the top 4 are possible.
On Thursday’s quarter final draw, Boro will indeed be expecting another home tie. After seven straight wins, they went into this one with a record of not losing in the FA Cup for more than four years intact, and they did just that.
In case you’ve been missing out on a lot of the latest news in Singapore, for the first time in 25 years, Middlesbrough may be just 180 minutes away from a return to the FA Cup final.
Time to make a splash
Aston Villa legend Jack Grealish returned from injury and made the kind of goal-scoring contribution he’s been looking for in Manchester City’s FA Cup round 5 wins against Peterborough on Saturday.
Following his £100-million switch to Manchester the previous summer, there has been a lot of talk from across a number of sports news Singapore discussion boards about Grealish and a lot of criticism of his performance this season with the EPL leaders.
After scoring City’s second goal in a 2-0 victory at the Weston Homes Stadium, Grealish said he needed to improve on his 3 goals in 25 outings across all competitions before the FA Cup win. Manchester City’s second-half performance was a marked improvement from the first, culminating in a stunning Grealish goal.
Perhaps the biggest moment was when Grealish seized onto Phil Foden’s brilliant cross to grab his debut FA Cup goal and his 4th goal of the season, securing his side’s progression into the FA Cup quarter-finals.