Carney Chukwuemeka set on building Cole Palmer partnership

Carney Chukwuemeka has praised his relationship with Chelsea star Cole Palmer after scoring his first goal at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City.

The 20-year-old started the FA Cup quarter-final on the bench, but was introduced to the pitch when the score was tied at 2-2, with just 12 minutes remaining. Shortly after, he had written his name on the scoresheet, and Chelsea were on their way to Wembley.

A fantastic goal, Chukwuemeka landed in the net after a quick backheel from Palmer.

Carney Chukwuemeka and Cole PalmerCarney Chukwuemeka and Cole Palmer

Chukwuemeka and Palmer were on fire against Leicester / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

Speaking after the game, Chukwuemeka said: “Even in training, we are always finding each other and linking well. So as soon as I played it to Cole, I knew I was getting it back.

“He even told me before the game that when I came on, he would assist me. So as soon as I played it to Cole, I knew I was getting it back. It was an amazing feeling, honestly. I didn’t know what to do after I scored, how to celebrate. I’ve got great teammates who pushed me towards the fans.”

Chukwuemeka’s goal was key in earning Chelsea’s place in the FA Cup semi-final, where they will face Manchester City at Wembley on 20 April. This will be the midfielder’s first chance to walk out at the national stadium in a Chelsea shirt, a prospect he is excited by.

“We went into this season wanting to win trophies and play in finals, so it’s a massive opportunity for us as a young squad,” Chukwuemeka continued.

“It’s amazing for me. I missed the Carabao Cup final due to injury so to the chance to play at Wembley is the stuff of dreams for me. It’s something I dreamt about as a kid as I’m a Chelsea fan, so I can’t wait.”

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