Chelsea saw off a resilient Shrewsbury side to book their their place in the Capital One Cup quarter-finals.
The League Two side more than played their part in an excellent cup tie but the quality of Drogba and Co finally put Shrewsbury to the sword.
It was not without stress, however. A very cagey first-half saw both sides enter the interval level-pegging. Though Mourinho had rotated his men to field the likes of Zouma and Christensen, it still possessed major talent in Mohamed Salah and World Cup-winning Andre Schurrle, both who failed to impressed.
It required the work of the old guard, once more, as Drogba latched on to the ball and rifled home his third goal in three games. The King is back, but in our hearts, he never really left.
Would Chelsea dominate from there? Statistically yes, for the visitors had 69% possession and over twice as many shots on target as the hosts. But the Shrewsbury faithful roared their side onto an equaliser in the 77th minute, with Mangan bundling the ball home.
The respective euphoria and despair was alleviated soon after, however, as Grandison got a fatal touch onto Willian’s shot to record an own goal.
No extra-time needed and the road to Wembley continues, but it could have been much more convincing.
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Man of the Match
DIDIER DROGBA: Rolling back the years. This may not be the Drogba of old but even half of the old Drogba would be great. He has carried the Blues through some tough fixtures and it is surprising his 36-year-old body is holding up, but as Mourinho points out, he may be playing more with character and forgetting physical fatigue. An exemplary role-model. 8/10
Mourinho was relieved: “Yes I was worried when they equalised but we go through and Didier played a massive part in that. Hopefully he will be good for the weekend but we will have to see because right now his character is stronger than his body.”
Mellon was understandably gutted: “I am hugely disappointed because we pegged it back to 1-1. And I can’t believe I’m standing here actually saying I’m disappointed we haven’t beaten Chelsea, but I couldn’t be more proud of the players. They all ran themselves into the ground.”
Post written by Martin Li. Martin has had three years’ blogging experience, writing for the likes of Bleacher Report and SWOL. He runs his own Chelsea blog — The Chelsea Chronicle — which has match reaction and analysis from every Chelsea match. You can follow him on Twitter.
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