If in doubt turn to the £106.8m world champion sitting on the bench. It was the equivalent of money shouting through a megaphone when Enzo Fernández entered the fray after 65 minutes of watching Chelsea toil against the side sitting fifth in League Two. Mauricio Pochettino was in no mood to be caught out this early into his time at Stamford Bridge and, hard though AFC Wimbledon fought to upset the odds, a feisty Carabao Cup tie was only going one way once Fernández was on.
The Argentina midfielder was never going to miss when he was presented with the chance to score his first goal for Chelsea after a mix-up in the Wimbledon defence with 19 minutes remaining. Fernández was simply too cool, too composed, and Pochettino’s side could finally spy a route into the third round.
Written by Jacob Steinberg at Stamford Bridge
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2023/aug/30/chelsea-afc-wimbledon-carabao-cup-match-report under the title “Chelsea’s Enzo Fernández shows his worth with AFC Wimbledon winner”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.