Pogba throws Chelsea out – Air for Sarri gets thinner
Manchester United and Paul Pogba, in particular, have rehabilitated for their appearance against PSG in the FA Cup quarter-finals. Defending champions Chelsea will be in a tight spot after the 2-0 win for the coach.
He was eliminated 2-0 to Paris St Germain in the Champions League round of the last sixteen and locked yellow-red in the second leg – but Paul Pogba quickly regained his previous top form. In the FA Cup round of the last sixteen for defending champions Chelsea FC, the world champion on Monday evening was, as so often since José Mourinho’s farewell, the decisive man for Manchester United, who reached the final eight for the fifth time in a row with a 2-0 win. There you’ll find the Wolverhampton Wanderers (here you can find all the quarter-finals).
After a balanced start, with Luiz and Pedro United’s Cup keeper Romero warming up Romero (11th), Pogba prepared the lead after several overshoots against Rüdiger with a wide flank to Ander Herrera, who sneaked into the penalty area and apparently surprised Marcos Alonso. The Basque headed in effortlessly (31.).
Pogba extends outstanding values – Matic escapes yellow-red
Pogba captured the ball in midfield, sprinted into the penalty area and headed Rashford’s perfect entry (45th) – his 15th direct goal in the twelfth compulsory game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chelsea, who had started for Barkley except for Kovacic, who had lost 6-0 at Manchester City, lost that determination in all possession.
Who knows if Chelsea would have found their way back into the game if Matic had seen the justified yellow-red card for his foul on Kanté (52). But because Referee Kevin Friend spared the Serbs and Rüdiger (67th) – rightly – didn’t award a penalty for Smalling’s grip, attentive and not too deeply defending visitors took a dull but sovereign away win even without the injured Martial and Lingard. The second run hardly offered any highlights.
League Cup final on Sunday: Sarri urgently needs arguments now
Chelsea were not enough in the end, so coach Maurizio Sarri’s situation is becoming increasingly tight: although the FA Cup is far less important for the defending champions (1-0 in the final against United) than a top-four finish in the league, the Italian, who was the target of the home fans’ malicious singing on Monday, urgently needs his own arguments after many weak performances by his team in recent weeks. On Sunday the first title of his coaching career beckons in the league cup final. His opponent, however, is Manchester City again.