Chelsea maintained their bid for a Premier League and FA Cup double by edging into the quarter finals with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Wolves.
The Blues were put under real pressure, as the Championship strugglers belied their lowly placing, before producing an improved second half showing to sneak through courtesy of Pedro’s firm header and Diego Costa’s late drive.
Pedro had endured a tough evening in a unfamiliar left wing back berth, but came up with a major contribution to continue his run of scoring in every round so far. It deflated Wolves and left Costa to wrap up the tie with his 16th of the season.
Paul Lambert’s side had previously dumped Liverpool and Stoke City out of the competition, and they had the better of it early on as former Blues academy hopeful, George Saville hit the post from 12 yards.
Antonio Conte made seven changes to his favoured XI, but in the end his league leaders were still too strong with Costa and Eden Hazard’s inclusion showing the Italian meant business.
On a day where the underdog excelled, the Blues once again showed their resilience and ability to win ugly. They remain a tough nut to crack when not at their best and look in good shape to challenge for what would be the second League and FA Cup double in the club’s history.