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Maurizio Sarri praises players and hails Emerson's quality

After watching his side overcome Tottenham on penalties to progress to the Carabao Cup final, Maurizio Sarri expressed his delight with our display.

The Blues produced a superb display to win the game 2-1 on the night, before prevailing after winning 4-2 on spot-kicks, with Kepa making a huge save to thwart Lucas Moura, enabling David Luiz to convert the decisive kick.

Sarri was delighted with the response of his players following Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal.

‘I think that they reacted very well tonight,’ he said. ‘But I didn’t attack my players, I only said we had a problem. The reaction was very good but I think we need to have motivation with continuity now, but I was very happy with the performance before the penalties.

‘Of course it’s better because we will now play a final, a very difficult final but I was very happy with the performance. Also if there was a different outcome from the penalties (I would have been happy).

‘I think in the last three or four matches we had a problem, firstly motivation and then the players stopped to having fun on the pitch. Now with this performance and result we can once again find enthusiasm which is very important.

‘I think we have to think about the 180 minutes, the two matches. In two matches I think we deserved to win, and I think in this match we deserved to win without penalties.’
 

Having already beaten Pep Guardiola's side this season, we will now face Man City in the Wembley final on Sunday 24 February

‘If you say that I have never won anything at this level you are right, but I started in a professional team and now I’m in Chelsea, so in another way I won.

‘The most important game will be the next one at Bournemouth (next Wednesday). I’m happy because I will go to play a final at Wembley which is important for me, my players and the club, but now we must think about the next match in the FA Cup, and then the most dangerous one will be Bournemouth.’

Read - Report: Chelsea 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1 (2-2 on aggregate, Chelsea win 4-2 on penalties)

Emerson came in for Marcos Alonso at left-back and performed well

‘Emerson will stay with us, for sure. He’s very important. He’s improving. Sometimes I had a little problem to put him in because we are not a very physical team so when we play with three little players in the same match, set-pieces could be a problem, but not for another reason. I’m very happy with him, he’s improving and he’s a very good player.’

 

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