Chelsea battled back from a first leg deficit to overcome Tottenham Hotspur last night, via a penalty shootout, to secure their place against Manchester City in the EFL Cup final.
The Blues were the better team at Stamford Bridge, and utterly dominated the first half of the match. Goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard put them ahead on aggregate, before Fernando Llorente levelled the tie for Spurs to take the game to penalties.
Chelsea’s victory was a strong response to their defeat at Arsenal last time out, and Maurizio Sarri will hope to see his side kick on from here.
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Some of his lesser-used squad players who featured against Spurs may have put themselves in greater contention for more regular first team minutes with their performances last night. Amongst that cohort was Emerson Palmieri.
The left-back generally plays a back up role to Marcos Alonso for Chelsea, but he shone in the Spaniard’s stead last night.
The 24-year-old made a statement with his tireless performance and he deserves to replace the struggling Alonso in the starting XI for Premier League games.
That’s certainly the opinion of a number of Chelsea fans. Here’s a look at how they reacted to Palmieri’s performance on Twitter…
Alonso should never play for Chelsea again.
— J. Rothschild (@vanboyosky) 24 January 2019
Why Emerson is a better LB than Marcos Alonso:
– Emerson has great positioning and knows he is a LB not a LWB.
– Emerson is a much better defender.
– Emerson is a better dribbler.
– Emerson has better vision, ball control, and pace. #JUSTICEFOREMERSON
— (@Chelsea_Related) 24 January 2019
Sarri has to be mad not to rate Emerson ahead of Alonso
— Wakeel (@__tunde) 24 January 2019
I would just like to say,
Emerson is actual galaxies ahead of Alonso and it’s not even close, a blind person would realise this. Never want to see Alonso starting ahead of him again
— Mod (@CFCMod_) 24 January 2019
Emerson should continue at left back for Chelsea. No more Alonso pls. #CFC
— Bridge News (@cfc_wale) 24 January 2019
If Sarri ever starts Alonso ahead of Emerson, then he has a problem. Unforgiveable.
— Sarrismo™ (@Blue_Footy) 24 January 2019
Sarri answered our prayers and replaced Alonso with Emerson I never wanna see Alonso start again
— Fred Jones. (@LogicOfficial) 25 January 2019
We want Emerson ahead of Alonso everyday everytime
— Abidemi (@Abidemi51) 25 January 2019