Kai Havertz scored a hat trick as Chelsea secured their way into the fourth round of the EFL Cup with a convincing 6-0 victory over Barnsley.
With Tammy Abraham opening the scoring, Havertz doubled Chelsea’s lead before playing his part in Ross Barkley, putting the hosts on 3-0.
Havertz added a brilliant end to his score shortly after, then rounded off his first senior hat-trick 10 minutes later – with Olivier Giroud making it six for Chelsea late.
Callum Hudson-Odoi squandered a great opportunity in the first two minutes, and Chelsea was lucky not to be compensated when Thiago Silva, making his debut, had offered a gift to Patrick Schmidt, whose cross had just eluded Cauley Woodrow.
Yet it was the hosts who first hit – Abraham slotting in after dispossessing Aapo Halme.
Mason Mount was expected to put Chelsea 2-0 up, but Havertz made no mistake at the next chance, coolly sending Bradley Collins out of near range.
Willy Caballero held Barnsley in the bay three more times before the break, but expectations of a return ended when Havertz pressured Alex Mowatt to make a mistake and Barkley drilled home.
Havertz had his second one six minutes later, and he picked up the bottom-right corner with a beautiful shot.
His hat trick goal came with the courtesy of Collins howler – Barnsley’s goalie trapped stuck on the edge of his box as Havertz pushed it past him and smashed into an empty net before he was subbed off.
Barkley missed a brilliant chance to add a sixth, but Giroud was on hand to pile up more misery on Barnsley when he was late at the debutant Ben Chilwell ‘s cross.
Tottenham could earn a bye to the fourth round due to multiple Leyton Orient players tested positive for coronavirus, and Chelsea’s reward for their win will be a meeting with their former boss, if that appears to be the case. Frank Lampard’s team came out at the top of both leagues last season’s battles with Spurs.
Across the top five leagues in Europe, only Robert Lewandowski (35), Lionel Messi (32) and Cristiano Ronaldo (31) scored more goals in all competitions in 2020 than the 21-year-old, who has 18 goals and eight assists.
Gerhard Struber set his side up to attack, but though the Tykes caused Chelsea problems at times, they have now lost 15 of their last 17 EFL Cup matches against top-flight opponents.
Chelsea will travel to West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, while Barnsley are in action against Coventry City in the second tier.
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