Mistake Tuchel made and two things he got right as Chelsea beat Sheffield United

Chelsea ensured they will return to Wembley for the second straight season in the FA Cup, beating Sheffield United 2-0 in the quarter final.

Thomas Tuchel's side came into the clash with the doomed Blades on the back of their most impressive performance under the German, beating Atletico Madrid.

And although the opposition were of a vastly different standard, Chelsea never really looked like slipping up, despite the visitors putting in a spirited display.

As they have for many of the games since Tuchel's appointment, the Blues dominated possession and opened the scoring when Ben Chilwell's shot deflected in off Oliver Norwood.

Sheffield United came into the game and missed a host of chances, before Hakim Ziyech sealed the win in added-on time.

All in all, it was another good day for Tuchel's Chelsea, although he may be left ruing one decision later in the season.

No Timo

When Tuchel made the decision to withdraw Olivier Giroud just after the hour mark, it felt an opportune time to introduce Timo Werner.

The Chelsea boss had clearly made the decision to give his compatriot some rest after a hectic schedule, but with the forward struggling in front of goal, it may have been a missed opportunity.

Werner is at the stage when any type of goal could kick-start his run and against a struggling Sheffield United side, he may have got one.

Instead, the wait goes on.

Giving Billy Gil-more minutes

Tuchel outlined ‘the three big problems’ facing Billy Gilmour and more regular Chelsea minutes.

“He has three big problems. N’Golo Kante, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho are three big problems,” the German explained.

But although he is facing a battle for playing time, this competition should provide him with valuable opportunities.

It was the tournament that he burst onto the scene in last season and should be afforded the same chance this time around.

Against the Blades he was classy and stylish and put in the kind of performance that has Chelsea fans so excited.

Finding a way to given even more minutes is something Tuchel must address.

Slight tweaks

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  • Despite only being months into his tenure in English football, Tuchel’s penchant for tinkering with his line-up is crystal clear.

    It was always expected he would ring the changes for this competition, but what was interesting to see was the slightly different roles he gave his defenders.

    During the win, they crossed the 11-hour mark since the conceded at Stamford Bridge and looked similarly resolute here.

    And although Andreas Christensen has become a regular under Tuchel, seeing him operate as the right-sided central defender showed yet more versatility.

    The Dane is an unsung hero for this Chelsea team and is confident to play in any of the spots in a back three.

    His flexibility is a real plus and having the chance to play in that role could be vital should any injuries occur between now and the end of the season.

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