Impressive: What Madueke did to Badiashile in Chelsea win as teammates make classy Palmer touch vs Blackburn

What Madueke did to Badiashile in Chelsea win as teammates make classy Palmer touch vs Blackburn

Chelsea are through to the quarter-final of the 2023/24 Carabao Cup after beating Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Goals from Benoit Badiashile and Raheem Sterling were enough to progress the west Londoners into the last eight of the competition.

The hosts took the lead on the 30-minute mark as Badiashile swept the ball into the goal to mark his long-awaited return. The Frenchman had been missing for 172 days in total, with his last appearance coming in a 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in May.

The Blues also had a great shout for a penalty in the first-half when Sterling was brought down, but there was no Video Assistant Referee in place at Stamford Bridge. Likewise, though, Rovers had a decent shout for a handball from Conor Gallagher, which was turned down by the referee.

Then not too long after the second-half started, Chelsea doubled their lead as Sterling clipped the ball into the far corner with a delightful finish. It means Chelsea are now in the hat for the Carabao Cup quarter-final draw later this evening.

Madueke delighted with Badiashile moment

Nobody inside Stamford Bridge was happier than Badiashile when he opened the scoring for Chelsea in the first-half. But Axel Disasi must have run him pretty close.

The Frenchman was visibly beaming as he celebrated with Badiashile. Disasi and Badiashile, who was featuring for the first time in 172 days – since May – played together at AS Monaco and are said to be really close friends off the pitch.

Likewise, Noni Madueke, who was on the substitutes’ bench, was also delighted for Badiashile. A few of the subs warming up on the touchline went over to the defender to celebrate with him, including Madueke, who repeatedly smacked him on the back of the head – in the nicest way possible, showing his delight.

Chelsea stars make Palmer point

It was a delightful finish from Sterling to double Chelsea’s advantage at Stamford Bridge, but the build-up was all about Cole Palmer. Blackburn were, rather bravely, trying to play out from the back despite being caught out a few times already, and the 21-year-old dispossessed them and made an intelligent run to create even more space for Sterling, who slotted the ball into the far corner.

Of course there were a lot of players congratulating Sterling for his goal, but Palmer’s role cannot be understated. Plenty of the Chelsea team went over to Palmer to give him a pat on the back as well – and he completely deserved that.

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