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Barkley: Hazard magic means more rivalry to relish

For the second time in this Carabao Cup run to the semi-finals it was a late Eden Hazard goal which took the Blues through, and Ross Barkley revealed his team-mate’s demeanour away from matches which helps him achieve those special moments.

Bournemouth, who have now conceded seven goals scored by Hazard, were knocked out last night at Stamford Bridge, setting up a two-legged tie against Tottenham in the new year, a prospect Barkley is relishing, but first he considered the quarter-final success and the way the 1-0 win was achieved.

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‘The way we were playing you could see we had the belief a goal was going to come,’ said the midfielder,‘ and Eden got that goal and he can produce magic moments like that, and the team stuck at it and we came away with the win.

‘Eden is playing very well at the moment, he is up there with the best in the world and he is capable of producing goals like that, like he scored in a previous round against Liverpool, and to play with a player like that is fantastic.

‘He is relaxed but once he is on the training pitch he is magical,’ Barkley revealed, ‘and he plays with enjoyment but he scores goals and he creates goals and he is a pleasure to play with.

‘He plays with a smile and that is the way you have to approach the game, you have to be laid back and on game day, be ready to make things happen.’
 

Having lost to Tottenham in our league meeting this season, the Blues are very keen to make things happen when we face them again.

‘Tottenham are a good side but we are coming into it with confidence that we can do what we need to do to get into the final,’ said Barkley. ‘That is the target, and we are going to approach that game by training very hard and we look forward to that game.

‘The league game will be in the back of our minds, that they are our rivals and we want to beat our rivals, and playing in the semi-final against Tottenham is going to be a really exciting game.’
 

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