Chelsea had a wonderful Saturday in the FA Cup. They had a massive task ahead of them going up against Tottenham Hotspur, who are breathing down their necks in the Premier League, but came through that test with flying colours.
Goals from Willian, Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic provided the 4-2 victory which means that the Blues now have a real chance of securing a massive league and cup double by the end of May.
On a day that Hazard and Diego Costa found themselves on the bench, the heroes of the day were perhaps unlikely ones. Willian has received his fair share of criticism this season and Matic is hardly a goal machine. It highlights the depth available to Antonio Conte, who has been accused of an over reliance on Costa this season.
The prospect of such significant success in the Italian’s first season in charge means fans are incredibly hopeful that it’s the start of a sustained period of major honours for the Stamford Bridge club.
Fans took to Twitter to pay tribute to their team and to Willian and Matic in particular…
— Mohammad Hammoudeh (@Hammoudeh201) April 22, 2017
Underrated matic did really good today…#CFC
— Ménage à trois (@iamchillyspicy) April 22, 2017
Watching that Matic Goal. Tears of Joy. Man I am really sorry I have been critic number one. That goal… Bonkers. #CFC
— Anjeyo E. A. (@anj_116_) April 23, 2017
I still can't get over how amazing Matic's goal is. Lost count over how many times I've rewatched it. Definition of thunderbolt! ???? #CFC
— Greg Lee (@greglee91) April 23, 2017
— Ryan McMillan (@RjcMcmillan) April 22, 2017
I could probably watch that Matic goal for several days on end, or the Willian one. Reminds me what quality #CFC actually has.
— Treppy ????️ (@ImBrionne) April 22, 2017
— Jack Tidy (@Jaidi06) April 22, 2017