Chelsea FC survived a major FA Cup scare against Luton Town FC to book their place in the next round of the competition after a 2-3 win. They won the game during the time when their owner Roman Abramovich out the club for sale due to recent problems.
The Russian billionaire has decided to sell Chelsea amid fears the British government could sanction him amid his country’s invasion of Ukraine. Chelsea have won the FA Cup five times under Abramovich. After his massive investment helped Chelsea win 19 major trophies in his 19-year reign, Abramovich admitted it had been tough to give up the keys to Chelsea.
The Blues had to work extremely hard to book their place for the quarter-finals in the away game. Luton Town stunned Chelsea twice the game after taking the lead. The Chelsea fans at the Kenilworth Road were silenced early in the 2nd minute when Reece Burke scored a header from a corner to get past Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Championship side suffered an injury blow shortly after scoring when goalkeeper Jed Steer went down while running down a ball into the area and was replaced by Harvey Isted.
Timo Werner was the hero for the Blues after conceding a goal. A mistake from the Luton Town midfielder helped the German striker grab the ball, and Saul finished it off to equalise. It was the first goal for Saul in his 21 games played since joining Thomas Tuchel’s side on loan from Atletico Madrid last summer.
But Chelsea were stunned again in the first half when the home side took the lead through a quick attack. Harry Cornick ended the attack by finding the net with a superb finish.
Chelsea were determined to make a comeback in the second half as they needed this win to forget about their loss against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final. In the 68th minute, Ruben Loftus-Cheek lobbed a pass to Timo Werner and with a composed finish, he made it 2-2.
Within 10 minutes, Lukaku scored the third goal for Chelsea from a close range after Timo Werner passed the ball to him. It was the Belgian’s first goal for Chelsea of the 2022 calendar year.
Thomas Tuchel reacted to the news of the club on sale after the game. “We heard the rumours throughout the day and the TV is on in the hotel and the guys talk about it, so yeah it is big news,” Tuchel said after the match.
Asked if it was the right decision, Tuchel added: “I think every decision he takes is the right decision. It’s his choice, it’s his club, and it’s not on me to comment.”