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Chelsea produced a good display to knock Tottenham out of the Carabao Cup, as the Blues won the game 2-1 and then won the resultant penalty shootout with the game tied at 2-2.

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri revealed his anger and disappointment after the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last weekend and insisted that the players lacked the mentality to be motivated.

Sarri then took it a bit further to criticise Eden Hazard and claimed the Chelsea star isn’t a leader.

Sarri said of the Belgium captain: “At the moment he is not a leader but a great player – one of the best in the world.

“We have some players with the characteristics to be a leader. Azpilicueta and Luiz. I think they can help the other players.”

But when asked what he made of Sarri’s criticism after the win over Spurs, Hazard told Sky Sports that he doesn’t care about what the manager says but loves to play his football.

He said: “No, to be fair I don’t care, I just play my football, it doesn’t matter what the manager says.

“I’m always focused on this team, I just want to do the best for this team and I did, so I’m happy.”

Sarri who criticised his players in public following the defeat against Arsenal has now applauded his players following this display, and he admits Chelsea should have won the game without penalty.

“I think that they reacted very well tonight,” Sarri said. “But I didn’t attack my players, I only said we had a problem. The reaction was very good but I think we need to have motivation with continuity now, but I was very happy with the performance before the penalties.

“Of course it’s better because we will now play a final, a very difficult final but I was very happy with the performance. Also if there was a different outcome from the penalties (I would have been happy).

“I think in the last three or four matches we had a problem, firstly motivation and then the players stopped to having fun on the pitch. Now with this performance and result we can once again find enthusiasm which is very important.

“I think we have to think about the 180 minutes, the two matches. In two matches I think we deserved to win, and I think in this match we deserved to win without penalties.”

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  1. Donald Emmanuel | January 25, 2019 at 1:11 am |

    Hazard is a good player. He should always be allowed to play in his normal position. Same thing should apply to Kante. Playing out of thier position will not help the team. Congratulations to the entire team. They played well.

  2. Eden Hazard is a prolific player with qualities, the best of Eden can be seen when he’s playing from the deep and we could see that last night 🌃. Sarri should understand this and allow him to play in his best position. We’re glad for the arrival of Higuan, that will give room for Eden to operate from the deep flank. Congratulation De Blues.
    The Sky is always blue.

  3. Kay Bernard | January 25, 2019 at 8:20 am |

    Well think that’s a good reply from hazard.. And I noticed a difference in Kante against Spurs, he was dangerous against our opponent. Making good use of his speed, strength, pace. Now I see what Sarri saw in Ngolo Kante.. Nice one Chelsea
    Blues Forever.

  4. Tony Manyeah | January 25, 2019 at 11:24 am |

    I love Chelsea because the team amaze me, whenever am frustrated over something at time and I watch Chelsea play with a positive result, I feel stress free! Didier Drogba took me to Chelsea, but after Didier departure Eden came to replace him for me, so whenever I sees Eden play I feel so happy!

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