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An 84th minute goal from Eden Hazard was what Chelsea needed to go past a difficult Bournemouth as Hazard had to come from the bench to score for Chelsea.

Hazard came off the bench just after the hour mark in place of Ross Barkley, and with six minutes left of normal time he scored the goal that sealed Chelsea’s passage into the semi-final of the Carabao Cup.

Maurizio Sarri also brought in Pedro early in the second half, and Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola revealed after the game that the introduction of Hazard in the second half was the game’s turning point.

Zola told the media after the game: “The difference was the changes that we made.

“Of course we have a lot of games and players like Eden we need to keep fit. Even in 20 minutes he can make a big difference.”

Hazard hasn’t hidden his desire to play for Spain giants Real Madrid, but Zola has urged to remain at the club and go on to be a club legend.

Zola said: “He is certainly one of the players that has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Hopefully he will stay with us a get even bigger. I hope he achieves great things for us in the future.”

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