Chelsea left-back Emerson Palmieri was one of the best players on the pitch as Chelsea sent Tottenham packing from the Carabao Cup.
Emerson bombarded the left flank all through the game and was a constant threat in the game.
Emerson has had to bid his time at Chelsea and have been playing as a backup left-back to Marcos Alonso since signing for the club.
Emerson showed with his performance that he’s ready for the first team and should be starting ahead of Marcos Alonso. It’s little wonder that Italian champions Juventus are interested in signing the Brazilian.
Speaking after the game, Sarri revealed he was impressed with the Brazilian and that he doesn’t want him to leave the club.
Sarri said: “Emerson will stay with us, for sure. He’s very important. He’s improving. Sometimes I had a little problem to put him in because we are not a very physical team so when we play with three little players in the same match, set-pieces could be a problem, but not for another reason. I’m very happy with him, he’s improving and he’s a very good player.”
Sarri criticised Hazard’s leadership qualities following Saturday’s loss to Arsenal but the Chelsea manager revealed how satisfied he was with the Belgian’s performance against Spurs.
“I think so [he was having fun],” he said. “I think for 75 minutes he had fun but he was tired at the last part of the match.
“He played a fantastic, wonderful match. I think his position is not a big problem. I think that in this match we played with another another motivation and determination, I think his qualities are more important than his position.”
Chelsea confirmed the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, but the Argentine was ineligible to play for this game, but his passion from tonight’s was raw.
Asked about what Higuain will bring to the team after Chelsea’s win, Sarri told Sky Sports: “He was lucky tonight because if he saw us in the last match [against Arsenal] he was a little bit worried I think.
“But I think that we are able to play a lot because in every match we play a lot of balls. In the last three or four matches we were not able to be dangerous in relation to the number of balls we usually play. Tonight, better.”