At some point, a team of such riches and grace might just fancy an easier life

by Phillis Wilhoite

At some point, a team of such riches and grace might just fancy an easier life.For now, Chelsea’s advance to the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup is a tale of slugging and nudging and the surviving of shootouts.

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It was the roulette of penalties that got them into the last-16 and it was penalties that almost dumped them right back out of it.Penalties and Southampton’s goalkeeper, that is.

If ever a man deserved to be on a winning team it was Fraser Forster, poor chap. Save had followed save, particularly in the second half and https://www.metal-archives.com/users/slotgaming88 most notably in the acrobatics that rerouted shots from Kai Havertz and Saul. 

Kepa Arrizabalga was Chelsea's penalty shootout hero once again as Chelsea edged past Southampton on spot kicks

Kepa Arrizabalga was Chelsea’s penalty shootout hero once again as Chelsea edged past Southampton on spot kicks

Chelsea's back-up goalkeeper stopped Theo Walcott's penalty as the Blues picked up another Carabao Cup spot kick win

Chelsea’s back-up goalkeeper stopped Theo Walcott’s penalty as the Blues picked up another Carabao Cup spot kick win

Those two stops were special but there were as many as seven other blocks from a keeper who has had to live in the shadows of cup football for Southampton this season. A stand-in for an understrength side, sure. A standout on this rare trip to the grass, most certainly.

But he couldn’t hold up his team forever, and ultimately they followed an exciting performance across 90 minutes with disappointment in the shootout. 

The trouble started when Theo Walcott’s weak effort was denied by Kepa Arrizabalaga, and though that was matched by Forster’s save from Mason Mount, the initiative was again with Chelsea when Will Smallbone launched Southampton’s fourth kick over the bar.

That teed up Reece James in the fifth slot, and he nailed it.  

Will Smallbone (right) was the unfortunate Southampton player to blaze over to hand Chelsea the shootout advantage

Will Smallbone (right) was the unfortunate Southampton player to blaze over to hand Chelsea the shootout advantage

Reece James hit in the winning penalty to seal the shootout victory and earn Chelsea a spot in the Carabao Cup last eight

Reece James hit in the winning penalty to seal the shootout victory and earn Chelsea a spot in the Carabao Cup last eight

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