Chelsea have had it tough to reach the semifinals of the Carabao Cup as the Blues have been up against Liverpool, Derby County and Bournemouth to reach the semis.
Chelsea have an uphill task to beat Tottenham in the semifinal of the Carabao Cup, and if the Blues go through there’s a potential final with Manchester City who have a much easier draw against League One side Burton Albion.
Can Chelsea make it all the way and win the trophy? Blues boss Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see it as an impossible task, although he thinks with the quality of opposition Chelsea have faced, winning the trophy will be like winning the Champions League.
He said: “It is very difficult. The level of the opponent is very high. We have had to play against Liverpool. Now we have to play against Tottenham, and in an eventual final it would probably be against Manchester City.
“It’s like playing in the Champions League, but in the League Cup.”
But first, Chelsea have a Tottenham Hotspur side to contend with, and it was Tottenham who ended Chelsea’s unbeaten run this season with a 3-1 scoreline, and Spurs were by far the better side on that day.
Sarri has admitted that tonight’s fixture will be a different ball game and that the team is determined to get a win.
“The level of determination now is good,” said Sarri. “But we still have to solve some problems.
“Sometimes during matches we have not had the right reaction to difficulties and negative situations. In the last match [against Nottingham Forest] we were not able to have the right reaction to a positive situation! After our second goal we conceded four shots on goal in two minutes. We need to learn we cannot lower our application in the defensive phase.”