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.”