The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern were hoping for the best on Sunday, with their side taking on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final.
The tournament has been good to Chelsea over the years, with the Blues winning it a handful of times since the arrival of Roman Abramovich, but they’ve struggled over the last few years, with a final loss coming last season.
They’ve now got an opportunity to make that right, though, with Antonio Conte’s men securing a 2-0 win against Southampton on Sunday – earning them a spot in the FA Cup final as a result.
Chelsea will be hoping to end the season well, with a trophy able to add a bit of extra shine to an otherwise disappointing season.
It was a decent performance from the Blues, but it’s fair to say that one man has earned more praise than most.
Emerson Palmieri has hardly played since moving to Stamford Bridge, but owing to a suspension to Marcos Alonso, the Italian got his chance against the Saints.
He duly delivered on all fronts, too, with a brilliant display both defensively and offensively proving to be useful for the Blues.
During and after the game, Chelsea fans took to Twitter to discuss the performance, and it’s fair to say that they are full of praise for him.
Take a look at what they’ve had to say below…
Hazard was brilliant. Emerson is quite the upgrade over Alonso. That said, our defence was a bit wobbly and that needs to be fixed for the final. Overall, a good performance but we need to play quicker going forward and be more clinical in front of goal #CFC #LionelGiroud #FACup
— Ganesh Mukundan (@ganztotti) April 22, 2018
Good decent performance, overall. I still believe this is our best defence trio. Emerson >> Alonso. Fabregas was really good today. Giroud's goal was just World Class. Dave-Alvaro produced another one. Hazard was super. Alvaro's confidence will grow. Great game. #FACup #CFC
— Siddharth Dutta (@SiddharthCFC) April 22, 2018
Emerson has played less games than Alonso & he keeps solidifying the reason he should be put in games like these. Top top lad. #CFC
— Nana Kwame Ahoufɛ (@OleleSalvador) April 22, 2018
Love having Emerson in the team rather than that human lorry Alonso. #CFC
— Harish (@shankarabaranam) April 22, 2018
Emerson needs to start vs Swansea. #CFC
— Nowo Soju (@matonwaves) April 23, 2018
— pinkster (@THECFCNUTTER) April 22, 2018
Emerson looks like that player that would bag 10+ assists every season from LWB. He is really good going forward and his decision making in the final third is impressive. #CFC
— Lyn (@Arhcent) April 22, 2018
— Red Rose (@Roseangel009) April 22, 2018
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