Chelsea overcame Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the FA Cup to progress to the next round of the competition. The Londoners had come into this match with a two-game losing streak at home but managed to wave the ghosts of their recent past to ensure qualification to the next round.
With that in mind, here are the three things that we learned.
3. Hudson-Odoi had a good game
Callum Hudson-Odoi had been struggling with form of late but he did well against Forest, scoring a goal and helping Ross Barkley score the second goal of the match to give the Blues a 2-0 win.
What was interesting is that he played the first half on the right flank and then shifted to the left-wing in an inside-forward role. In both roles, he did well and Frank Lampard would be happy to see his young star getting back to form.
2. Forest played well
Nottingham Forest would not be wrong to feel slightly unlucky after the way they were knocked out by Chelsea last night. The away side played well and actually could have scored twice if it weren’t from intervention from VAR.
In the first half, they had a penalty call rescinded after Alex Mighten was found to be offside by VAR before Fikayo Tomori fouled him. In the second half, Ryan Hates’ header on goal was also ruled out for offside by VAR, which goes to show the influence Forest had in the game.
1. Chelsea need to strengthen defence
Chelsea may have won the match against Forest last night but they once again showed that their defence isn’t really going to sort itself out without additions. The Blues can sign players in this window and they should use it to buy at least one defender.
There were times when the Londoners risked letting in goals with ease and given that Forest are a Championship side, it would be safe to assume that the Blues are going to continue struggling against the better sides as well.
Which is why strengthening the backline is a must.
The three things that we learned as Chelsea defeated Nottingham Forest...