Chelsea will be away to Tottenham at the Wembley Stadium for the first leg of our last-four Carabao Cup tie.
Maurizio Sarri will definitely be wary of this clash as it was Spurs who ended Chelsea’s then unbeaten run in November, and it was Chelsea’s worst defeat of the season, suffering a 3-1 defeat to Spurs.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are flying high in the Premier League and are third on the table, making today’s derby clash a highly contested fixture.
Speaking ahead of the game at Wembley on Tuesday night, Sarri revealed 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.
Sarri admitted that the match at Wembley tonight will be different and that he expects a good showing from the team although there are some issues here still has to fix.
“The level of determination now is good,” continued Sarri. “But we still have to solve some problems.
“Sometimes during matches we have not had the right reaction to difficulties and negative situations. In the last match [against Nottingham Forest] we were not able to have the right reaction to a positive situation! After our second goal we conceded four shots on goal in two minutes. We need to learn we cannot lower our application in the defensive phase.”