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Sarri ‘very happy’ after reaching Carabao Cup final

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri was pleased with his side’s performance after the Blues progressed to the final of the Carabao Cup with a penalty shoot-out victory over London rivals Spurs at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Sarri has been dominating the headlines all week for publicly criticising his players in the wake of his sides 2-0 loss away to Arsenal last weekend in the Premier League.

The former Napoli boss claimed his squad was difficult to motivate, but Chelsea certainly looked up for it tonight, with N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard striking in the first half to overturn Spurs 1-0 lead from the first-leg.

Spurs rallied after the break and a header from Fernando Llorente saw the scores level at 2-2 on aggregate, and the tie went straight to penalties after 90 minutes.

Brazilian centre-back David Luiz would then fire home his spot kick to set up a final date at Wembley against Manchester City.

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Speaking afterwards Sarri revealed that he was pleased with how his side reacted tonight after their poor showing at the Emirates last Saturday evening.

“I was very happy with the performance. We reacted very well. The players had a very good level of determination so I was very happy with the level of performance. I think that in 180 minutes in the two matches we deserved to go to the final,” Sarri told Sky Sports.

“I think we deserved to win 3-1 or 4-1 tonight but the opponents were able to put us in trouble at the beginning of the second half. But we played very well and were very dangerous and had a lot of opportunities.

The Italian coach even joked that he was glad new signing Gonzalo Higuain had been present for tonight’s game and not the Arsenal clash – otherwise he may have had second thoughts about moving to Stamford Bridge.

“Gonzalo Higuain was lucky because if he saw us in the last match he would be a little bit worried I think! But we are able to play a lot. In the last three or four matches we were not able to be dangerous. Tonight was better.”

61-year-old Sarri will be hoping to win the first piece of major silverware of his career, when his side face Pep Guardiola’s Man City side at Wembley on 24 February.

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