By Tim Harrison
Not you again! Chelsea’s men and women have each drawn Liverpool in the 5th round of their respective FA Cups... provided Shrewsbury Town don’t pull off another miracle in the Anfield replay.
Chelsea will face the Scousers at the Bridge, while Chelsea Women face the Reds at Kingsmeadow in a bizarre twist of fate.
Nothing’s plain sailing for the men these days. The team squeezed past Hull City with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori, then survived their customary late jitters after the Tigers clawed one back near the end.
Meanwhile, the Blues will have to be on top form to give Leicester City a run for their money this Saturday lunchtime – the Foxes are sitting comfortably in third place, while Chelsea struggle to cling to fourth.
Mateo Kovacic, who had an excellent game against Hull, was praised to the heavens by Frank Lampard afterwards.
Lampard will soon have Ruben Loftus-Cheek back in the reckoning, with the new Premier League winter break coming at just the right time to ease him back into contention.
Every Chelsea fan (and player) was praying Hull wouldn’t sneak an equaliser, as that would have meant interrupting the fortnight-long holiday for a replay.
There is now a gap of two weeks and two days between the Blues’ games against Leicester and Man Utd, with most players flying off to find exotic sunsets. Red sunsets.
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