Chelsea took the lead on the twenty-fourth minute thanks to an own goal from Olivier Norwood.
In the final forty-five, Sheffield United fought back and were very unfortunate not to equalise. In the end, a breakaway attack eventually saw Hakim Ziyech net his second goal in two games.
Here’s our five things we learned from Chelsea’s win:
1) Kurt Zouma influential at the back
In the showdown with ”The Blades,’ Kurt Zouma started in the heart of the backline for the Blues. Despite Chelsea’s dominance on the ball in the first half, Tuchel’s side were wasteful in the second half. The France international was called upon several times in the final dorty-five and really stepped up his game. Zouma was clever in reading the game well and breaking down any Sheffield Unite attacks.
2) Mateo Kovacic a maestro in midfield
Since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, Mateo Kovacic has knuckled down a regular spot in the starting eleven. Once again, Kovacic started in the clash with Sheffield United. Throughout the game, the Croatia international was a catalyst going forward and was instrumental whenever the Blues were trying to push forward. His sheer presence seemed to be the difference in midfield seemed to help Chelsea in the game against Heckingbottom’s men.
3) Christian Pulisic underwhelming for the Blues
The American has had a real injury-hit season in his second year in England. Unfortunately, since his return to full fitness, Pulisic has rarely featured for Chelsea. In the clash with ‘The Blades,’ Christian showed glimpses of his old self, but he failed to take the game by the scruff of the neck and stamp his authority. With the recent emergence of Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic is really going to struggle to maintain a regular slot in the side.
4) Billy Gilmour composed in midfield but may need a loan
Every time the young Scottish international starts, he tends to put in a solid display. Gilmour was eager to get involved in the game and bring his fellow attackers into the game. With Gilmour vying to compete with the likes of Kovacic, Kante and Jorginho, the youngster may need a loan to develop his game further. With that being said, Billy showed signs of his quality in the game with Sheffield United.
5) The FA Cup is the perfect opportunity to win silverware this season
This year has been a mixed campaign for the Blues. However, the FA Cup is the perfect opportunity to claim a trophy this season. With Chelsea defeating ‘The Blades,’ a trip to Wembley awaits for Tuchel’s men as they progress through to the Semi-Finals for the fourth time in five seasons. In recent times, Chelsea have had a lot of success at Wembley. Therefore, this should give Tuchel’s side some confidence going forward.
Next up for Thomas Tuchel’s side is West Brom in the Premier League.