Chelsea advanced to the Carabao Cup final
with a 6-1 thumping of Middlesbrough in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday,
The expensive Londoners, who currently sit a pitiful ninth in the Premier League, wasted numerous opportunities in the first leg away two weeks ago, a match that Middlesbrough won 1-0.
However, Tuesday’s match, which ended 6-2 overall, highlighted the disparity in calibre between the Premier League team and their lower-division opponents.
Due to injury, Middlesbrough was unable to replicate their first leg’s defensive heroics. They fell behind 4-0 at the interval, having conceded an own goal through captain Jonny Howson in the fifteenth minute.
Chelsea’s Cole Palmer scored twice in the 42nd and 77th minutes as the Blues’ deft, flowing passing style saw them run rings around their opponents.
In addition to Enzo Fernandez, Axel Disasi, and Noni Madueke, Boro’s Morgan Rogers netted a consolation goal in the 88th minute.