Hakim Ziyech has warned his Chelsea team-mates that they’ve left the door open to Tottenham by ‘forgetting’ to finish the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Antonio Conte’s side.
The Blues beat Tottenham 2-0 on Wednesday night at Stamford Bridge but should have scored more goals in a games dominated by the Blues.
A Kai Havertz goal and an own goal from Ben Davies gave Chelsea a deserved two-goal lead in the first half at Stamford Bridge.
However, Chelsea failed to find a third goal in the second half, which would have all but sealed our place in the final.
“We forgot to finish the game, we had a lot of chances today,” said Ziyech.
“[Now] There is a game on next week and hopefully we can get the job done there.”
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel admitted he was delighted with our performance against a Tottenham team in such good form.
“I liked the game a lot,” Tuchel said. “This is far from normal, how we performed today against a Tottenham who at the moment are so strong, so compact and so full of confidence. We had two late last minute bits of bad news with Thiago and N’Golo, who were both supposed to start.
“So we decided yesterday to maybe switch to a back four and the guys were very open, very committed, very focused, to play like how we played. So it’s good and it’s not fair to demand performances more or less out of nothing, like from Saul, Hakim and Malang. All three were outstanding today and that makes us very happy because it was a very deserved win in a big match against a very strong opponent.
“We could have created a bigger cushion, it was possible, we created a lot. We were very strong because it is so hard to create against Tottenham, which we saw over the last games. Especially in the second half we created a lot, and a lot of big chances to have the third or fourth goal.
“So now as everybody knows this is not decided and we have to arrive in full focus and top shape again because we need another 90 minutes of top quality football if we want to go through to Wembley.”