On a classic day of FA Cup defeat, Chelsea were sure they wouldn’t be a giant killer again.
The eight times winner beat non-league Chesterfield 5-1 at Stamford Bridge to secure their spot in the fourth round with ease.
Mateo Kovacic drove forward before feeding Hakim Ziyech and his shot was regularly shot home when the German striker returned the shot.
Ziyech was then gone for almost a second when the Blues scored a non-league goal – the Algerian fired a right-footed shot into the top corner, only for Scott Loach to deny him with a superb save.
But the Chesterfield keeper could do nothing against Callum Hudson-Odoi’s malicious attack in the 18th minute when the young Englishman crossed from the left before firing a long shot into the far corner of the goal.
And it was three minutes before 20 minutes when Chelsea debutant Luke Hall took possession deep in the visitors’ half and sent Romelu Lukaku across for six yards.
It was a statement performance from 17-year-old defender Hall, who looked completely unconcerned during his first appearance in front of the Stamford Bridge crowd.
Chesterfield produced a period of resistance midway through the first half before Tuchel’s men helped themselves to a fourth goal seven minutes before the break.
Andreas Christensen headed home against Loach after Werner’s initial strike went straight into Dane to seal the perfect 45 minutes for the European champions.
When the game settled down before the break, Tuchel took the opportunity to substitute Lukaku and Kovacic for Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the second half.
And Chelsea took the lead when Christian Pulisic was fouled inside the box, allowing Ziyech to miss a penalty.
Tuchel made a few more changes including bringing on 26-year-old Lewis Baker in his second Chelsea game in more than seven years since his debut.
The game softened somewhat after the hour ended when Chelsea hit the gas and Chesterfield was acutely aware that they wouldn’t create something as nasty as Cambridge and Kidderminster had managed just hours earlier.
The traveling fans were close to celebrating their own goal in the 73rd minute when centre-back Fraser Kerr fired a shot on goal from a tight angle.
But just seven minutes later, the away supporters had a memorable moment when Kabongo Tshimanga’s shot went straight into the path of Akwasi Asante, who couldn’t be missed.
The away finish broke out as Chesterfield fans enjoyed an exciting trophy celebration at the European champions’ home ground.
But it was Chelsea who came out on top – their 24th campaign in a row getting past the fourth round of the FA Cup.
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