FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED AS CHELSEA BEAT TOTTENHAM TO REACH CARABAO CUP FINAL

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Chelsea defeated Tottenham 4-2 on penalties to reach the Carabao Cup final after the second leg at Stamford Bridge ended 2-1, leaving the two sides level on aggregate.

Following a 1-0 defeat in the first leg, Chelsea started the game at Stamford Bridge brilliantly and took the lead we deserved after 27 minutes, when N’golo Kante’s shot went through three pairs of legs and into the net.

Ten minutes later Eden Hazard doubled Chelsea’s lead as he latched onto Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross to put Chelsea ahead on aggregate.

Five minutes into the second half, Tottenham scored through a Fernando Llorente header to put the tie level on aggregate.

Olivier Giroud missed a fine chance to snatch the win in the dying minute of the match but the miss would prove meaningless though as Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2 on penalties to book a place in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.

Here are five things we learned from the game:

1. EMERSON DESERVES TO START MORE

Marcos Alonso has been out of form for a while now and fans have been calling for Emerson to be given a chance. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri gave Emerson a start against Tottenham and the Brazilian-born Italian international impressed. Alonso’s lack of pace has been a problem for Chelsea but Emerson showed good pace as he went forward and recovered on time. His crosses into the box were also dangerous too and Olivier Giroud should have scored from one of such crosses. Emerson deserves to start more following his impressive performance against Tottenham.

2. HAZARD IS NO STRIKER

Since the 2-0 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge, Sarri has preferred to start Eden Hazard as a false nine but that has limited the Belgian and brought mixed results. Hazard was back to his best playing beside a striker and his performance against Tottenham shows he isn’t comfortable playing as a striker. Hazard prefers to roam as he looks for the ball and tries to make things happen.

3. KANTE CAN PROVIDE MAGIC IN ATTACK

N’Golo Kante is the best defensive midfielder in the world but he has been played in a more advanced role under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri. Kante showed against Tottenham that he is steadily adapting to his new role under Sarri. His goal against Tottenham was his fourth goal of the season compared to just one goal he scored last season.

4. DAVID LUIZ IS A GREAT PASSER OF THE BALL

Chelsea are yet to agree new terms with defender David Luiz and the Brazilian showed again against Tottenham why he deserves a new contract at Stamford Bridge. Time and time again against Tottenham, Luiz launched long balls from deep to find Pedro and Eden Hazard to start a Chelsea attack. From one of such moves, Pedro should have scored if it weren’t for a fine save from Tottenham goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga.

5. MANAGERS NOW RECEIVE YELLOW CARDS

Chelsea boss Sarri was shown a yellow card by referee Martin Atkinson against Tottenham. Yellow cards to managers are a new addition in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup this season in an effort to improve touchline behaviour. Should a manager collect four yellow cards, they would receive an automatic one-match ban, with eight equalling a two-match band, while 16 would put them in front of an FA disciplinary committee.

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