April 22, 2024

Chelsea’s money men must know Brighton’s bank details off by heart, two footballing legends reunite at Stamford Bridge… and the Blues’ medical department is in turmoil

Mauricio Pochettino breathed a sigh of relief at full-time, after Conor Gallagher’s injury-time goal saw Chelsea book their place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory against Leeds United. 

The Blues were out to write the wrongs of their Carabao Cup final defeat by Liverpool on Sunday, with the Argentine manager’s future at the club coming into question amid their indifferent form this season. 

While it was a much-needed win for Chelsea, Daniel Farke‘s side, who suffered their first defeat in 12 games, certainly made things difficult for the Blues, with 20-year-old striker Mateo Joseph putting the visitors ahead after just eight minutes.

Nicolas Jackson and Mykhailo Mudryk would hit back for the Blues with a goal each, before Joseph would go unmarked to head in a cross from Jaidon Anthony after half-time, before Gallagher would seal the win for the Blues. 

Mail Sport’s Kieran Gill delivers six things you might have missed from Chelsea’s FA Cup clash against Leeds.


Mateo Joseph scored twice during the match to put the visitors ahead in the eighth minute of the game before pulling Leeds level again at 2-2
Pressure was on Mauricio Pochettino and his team to secure victory on Wednesday after they were beaten by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final by Liverpool on Sunday

Chelsea’s money men know Brighton’s bank details off by heart 

READ MORE: Leeds fan falls from the top tier at Stamford Bridge celebrating their opening goal in FA Cup tie against Chelsea – as medical personnel rush to the scene in away end

Chelsea are having to pay yet more compensation to Brighton – after a tribunal told them to hand over up to £7.65million for two of the Seagulls’ teenage talents that they secured in 2022. 

Shumaira Mheuka, 16, will cost £1million rising to £4.25m Zak Sturge, 19, is up to £3.4m, dependent on certain clauses being met. Brighton insiders add they also have a 20 per cent sell-on fee for both. 

At this point, we can only assume Chelsea’s money men know Brighton’s bank details off by heart.

Axel Disasi is a rollercoaster defender

Axel Disasi is a rollercoaster of a defender. One week, he will play like a prime John Terry at Manchester City. Another, he will do something silly, like this hospital pass into Moises Caicedo which gifted Leeds their early goal.

It was such an unexpected error that even the broadcasters missed it in real time as they were showing a replay.

Chelsea’s accountants must surely now know Brighton’s bank details off by heart
Brighton chairman Tony Bloom has seen several personel, including Graham Potter and Moises Caicedo, move to Stamford Bridge in recent years
Axel Disasi endured a nightmare start to the game, giving the ball away in his own penalty area to allow Joseph to give Leeds a 1-0 lead
Nicolas Jackson would hit back not long after, tapping in a pass from Moises Caicedo

Chelsea’s medical department walk out 

READ MORE: PLAYER RATINGS: Conor Gallagher delivers when Mauricio Pochettino needed him most, Axel Disasi’s mistake gifts ruthless Mateo Joseph the opener… as one Chelsea star struggles on his return

Mauricio Pochettino sent on Christopher Nkunku in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, only to learn the following morning that his £52million summer signing is carrying an injury which may explain why he was hardly explosive at Wembley.

Now, Nkunku is facing four weeks on the sidelines. Given Chelsea’s long list of crocked stars, the turmoil in the medical department since Todd Boehly’s takeover is facing scrutiny. 

Thierry Laurent left the club after 17 years, Jon Fearn after 13, Paco Biosca after 11 – to name just a few – while Dimitrios ‘Dimi’ Kalogiannidis, who joined in 2010, and Steve Hughes, in 2001, are believed to be leaving also.

Leeds sent a zero-tolerance warning to their 5,366 travelling supporters, writing that ‘the ‘rent boy’ chant is a homophobic slur and hate crime’ which was ‘made a prosecutable offence by the Crown Prosecution Service in January 2022‘. 

Thankfully, Mail Sport heard no vulgar chants from the away end, though there was the odd Jimmy Savile song from the Chelsea section.

Thierry Laurent (right) is one of several medical personel to leave Chelsea recently
Leeds sent a zero-tolerance warning to their fans ahead of the match about singing vulgar chants

‘The big man for the big occasion’

The old Didier Drogba ‘legend’ banner at Stamford Bridge was looking a little worn, so a shiny new blue one was unveiled for the first time here, reading: ‘Didier Drogba: the big man for the big occasion.’

Chelsea fans unveiled a new banner in tribute to their club legend Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge

Legends re-unite at Stamford Bridge

‘At times, it appeared that Mr Jennings would give a free-kick only on production of a death certificate.’ 

Still one of my favourite lines from a match report – written by Hugh McIlvanney in 1970 about that FA Cup final replay between Chelsea and Leeds.

It was nice to see Eddie Gray and Ron Harris together pitch-side at Stamford Bridge.

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