Head coach Thomas Tuchel admits that he was relieved that Chelsea were able to prevail from an "intense" EFL Cup tie with Southampton.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel was delighted that Chelsea were able to overcome a number of injury issues to defeat Southampton in the EFL Cup fourth round.
Despite the absence of Cesar Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, the Blues were still able to progress into the last eight courtesy of a penalty shootout.
Although the competition remains at the bottom of Chelsea's list of priorities, Tuchel was relieved to earn a place in the quarter-finals.
The German is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: " It was an intense match of football. It was an open fight, an intense match. We did a good shootout, a lot of quality. Kepa [Arrizabalaga] saved one, it was a miss too.
"We are happy that we made it because it was a completely new team. There were a lot of changes."
Che Adams had cancelled out Kai Havertz's opener during normal time, but misses from Theo Walcott and Will Smallbone ensured that Chelsea won 4-3 in a penalty shootout.
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