Chelsea will be away to Tottenham tonight at the Wembley Stadium for the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Chelsea star Eden Hazard has conceded that Blues boss Maurizio Sarri isn’t the type that likes to change things after a defeat, but has urged that a lot needs to be done so as to avoid the embarrassing 3-1 defeat Chelsea suffered against Spurs back in November in a Premier League clash at Wembley.
“He is not the kind of manager where if we lose a game, he changes something,” said Hazard.
“We will go there with our ideas of how to play football, we will play our football and then we just need to play better than we did in the first game.
“We missed aggression in that match. We need to do a lot more. We know they are aggressive and have top players, but we need to be more compact and create more chances.”
Maurizio Sarri said something similar in his press conference as he conceded that Chelsea lost the meeting between the two sides because of mentality issues. Sarri complained that Chelsea lacked the aggression to face Spurs.
“The result was our fault,” the Chelsea boss said speaking about the game against Tottenham in November.
“Of course they [Tottenham] are a great team, very dangerous, but we could have done better, especially in the first 20 minutes when we were out of the match mentally.
“I saw my players in the dressing room after the match. They were destroyed. They needed only to realise why the match was so bad. It was very easy. The video of the first 15 minutes was clear. There was a big difference in mentality, aggressiveness, determination. It was clear for me and also the players.
“That match was really strange. It was after the international break, and probably we were not able to arrive to the match with the right mentality and focus. It can happen. Now we need to play another match.”
David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and Jorginho were among the three players blamed for that disastrous defeat, and Luiz has revealed that he trusts Sarri’s plans for the game against Spurs and that the team has learnt from that defeat.
Luiz said: “The first thing is to have humility and respect the job of my coach.
“I believe in his way, I believe in his work and for sure he is going to try and prepare the best plan to play this game. After that we are going to play a game with many top players in the world and it’s up to us to do the things on the pitch.
“My mood is always the same — a positive one. We did not play well there, it was a terrible match and that’s why we lost.
“We realise that and we have improved. It will be over two legs this time, so it will already be different. It is in a different period of the season, with different players, so this game is not similar to the other.”