Chelsea progressed to the semi-final of the Carabao Cup by beating Bournemouth 1-0 tonight at Stamford Bridge.
Both Maurizio Sarri and Eddie Howe rested several first choice players and although the home side dominated the game their lack of cutting edge up front meant it looked as if the game would end up heading straight to penalties after 90 minutes.
However, Chelsea talisman man Eden Hazard would come off the bench and break Bournemouth hearts when his deflected close-range shot flew into the Cherries net with just six minutes remaining on the clock.
Speaking after the game Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola admitted he was happy of his sides progress despite the Blues not being at their very best, while the Italian also revealed that he is looking forward to a mouthwatering semi-final clash against London rivals Spurs.
‘It could have been better but we are in the semi-finals,’ Zola said in the post match press conference.
‘We are happy because some time ago they gave us a good football lesson, and we are looking forward to challenging them again. I’m sure it’s going to be a different type of game, and I think everybody is very excited to face them again.
‘We were hurting [after the league defeat]. Too many players underplayed in that game. There are a lot of proud players in our team, and of course they will want to play this game. I am really pleased we are playing against them and I can’t wait.’