Ahead of tonight’s third round draw, we take a look at how Chelsea have fared at this stage of the competition in the last five years since winning the prestigious trophy back in 2012.
The Blues won the FA Cup four times in a six year period between 2006 and 2012, but since that 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley Chelsea have only reached the final once where they lost to Arsenal last May. Here’s a look at how Chelsea got on in the third round in each of those five seasons and how they eventually went on to be knocked out.
Following their Champions League and FA Cup double winning season, the Blues drew fellow Premier League team Southampton in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup in 2012/13. Chelsea smashed the saints 5-1 at St. Mary’s, with a brace from Demba Ba on his debut, as well as goals from Victor Moses, Branislav Ivanovic, and Frank Lampard.
The line-up included Ross Turnbull, Ashley Cole, Ramires, and Juan Mata, as well as Fernando Torres, Oscar, and now-Southampton-player Ryan Bertrand on the bench. The manager at the time was interim Rafi Benitez.
The Londoners went on to eventually lose to Manchester City 2-1 in the semi-finals.
The Blues drew a supposedly “easier” opponent the next go-around in Derby County, defeating them 2-0 at Pride Park, with goals from John Obi Mikel and Oscar. The XI included Michael Essien and Samuel Eto’o, as well as current players on loan in Tomas Kalas and Lewis Baker on the bench. Jose Mourinho was the manager at the time.
The Derby County lineup included current Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grant, as well as Everton’s Michael Keane. The Londoners went on to lose to Manchester City for the second time in a row 2-0, this time in the 5th Round of the FA Cup.
A premier league winning season was forthcoming as the Londoners drew not-yet-promoted Watford in the 2014/15 FA Cup 3rd round, whom they comfortably beat 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. The trio of goals came from Willian, Loic Remy, and Kurt Zouma. The lineup included Filipe Luis, Andre Schurrle, and Didier Drogba, as well as Nathan Ake, Thibaut Courtois, Mohamed Salah, Diego Costa, and Nemanja Matic on the bench. Jose Mourinho was still the manager at the time.
The Watford lineup then included current players Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, who both started. Title-focused Chelsea were then upset in the next round 4-2 by Bradford City – the competition’s stand-out upset that year.
Next up was a year that saw one of Chelsea’s worst performances in the top flight, in which they drew Scunthorpe United in the 3rd Round of the FA Cup. The Blues were victorious with a 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, with goals scored by Diego Costa and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The team that day included Asmir Begovic, Cesc Fabregas, and Pedro, as well as youngsters Baba Rahman, Bertrand Traore, and Kenedy on the bench. Guus Hiddink was in temporary charge at the time.
Chelsea eventually lost 2-0 to Everton in the FA Cup Quarterfinals.
Chelsea again won the Premier League in 2016/17 and the soon-to-be-Champions Chelsea drew Peterborough United in the 3rd Round of last year’s FA Cup. It was a comfortable 4-1 victory for the Blues at the Bridge, with a brace from Pedro as well as goals from Michy Batshuayi and Willian. The match also featured a red card for John Terry.
Nathaniel Chalobah was also in the starting 11 that day, while Ola Aina was on the bench. The manager was of course Antonio Conte.
The Italian led the Londoners all the way to the FA Cup final, where they lost to rivals Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.