What Reece James and Djordje Petrovic spotted doing before Chelsea vs Newcastle penalties

 Reece James was unable to participate in Chelsea’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Newcastle United last night, but he still played his part.

What Reece James and Djordje Petrovic spotted doing before Chelsea vs Newcastle penalties

Reece James is currently sidelined after picking up another hamstring injury in a development that has left Chelsea feeling extremely worried, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.

However, that did not stop the right-back from helping his team in their penalty shootout triumph last night. A report from LondonWorld says that James headed straight to goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic before the shootout to have a conversation with the Serbian and give him some encouragement.

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It seemed to have worked, with Petrovic saving Matt Ritchie’s spot kick to send Mauricio Pochettino‘s side into the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup.

The draw for the next round of the competition will take place tonight after Liverpool versus West Ham United, which is the last quarter-final tie.

Djordje Petrovic stepping up in Robert Sanchez’s absence

Petrovic has had to come into the team following Robert Sanchez’s injury.

He was a bit shaky in the 2-0 defeat to Everton, playing a role in Lewis Dobbin’s goal, but has since recovered.


Although Sheffield United did not really test him, Petrovic was able to keep a clean sheet in Chelsea’s win against the Blades last weekend.

The Serbian has now made a massive penalty save, which should give him a lot of confidence going into his side’s match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

Sanchez could be out for a while, so Petrovic has a real chance to prove himself now and stake a claim to become Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper.

Overall, it has been quite a disappointing season for Pochettino’s men, who currently find themselves sitting in 10th in the Premier League table. But if they can win the Carabao Cup and perhaps qualify for the Europa League, it would not be the worst campaign in their history.

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