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Neither Ross Barkley, who was making his first start of the season, nor Hakim Ziyech had an impact on the game before being hung 25 minutes from time, although Ziyech created the opening goal when his corner kicked off. was headed home by Kai Havertz at the stroke of halftime. -time.

Barkley looked rusty and short on fitness, while Ziyech’s inconsistent display seemed to frustrate Tuchel, who often waved the Moroccan into different positions in a quick and often end-to-end contest, which s ‘finished 1-1 after 90 minutes. .

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Saul Niguez, who was only making his fourth appearance at Chelsea, showed more quality bursts, although both will likely remain on the sidelines of the first team when Premier League and Champions League football will resume this weekend and the next week.

Hudson-Odoi could be confident being among the scorers there with Reece James scoring the winning penalty, just as he did in the last round against Aston Villa.

Young center-half Malang Sarr also had a rough night and lost Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton’s equalizer by Che Adams immediately after the restart.

A quarter-final in December will give Tuchel’s fringe players another chance to impress ahead of the busy festive schedule, but on this evidence Barkley, Ziyech and Saul are unlikely to show up against Newcastle this weekend.

Kepa Arrizabalaga and Marcos Alonso celebrate Chelsea’s Carabao Cup penalty shootout win over Southampton

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Chelsea have more reasons than most clubs to keep their goalkeeper happy and involved, with No.1 Edouard Mendy set to leave for the Africa Cup of Nations in January potentially ruling out the Senegalese for up to eight matches. .

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper will replace in the new year and Kepa Arrizabalaga showed his best and worst sides in a memorable display against the Saints.

The Spaniard was responsible for leveling the visitors when he allowed Walker-Peters’ shot to ricochet off his leg and down the path of Adams, who couldn’t miss a yard. Still, he made amends with a string of fine saves in an action-packed second half, including two header saves from Lyanco Vojnovic and Mohammed Salisu.

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