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Eden Hazard and David Luiz react to victory over Tottenham

Eden Hazard and David Luiz, who scored a crucial goal and penalty respectively in last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final triumph over Spurs, spoke about the quality and spirit the team displayed to progress.

On a night of high drama at the Bridge, we went 2-0 up and ahead in the tie courtesy of first-half goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard, the latter’s third in this competition this season. Tottenham replied through Fernando Llorente though and so to penalties it went.

Two spot-kick failures from the visitors gave David Luiz the chance to send us through to a final with Manchester City next month, and he didn’t pass it up, thumping the ball into the bottom corner.

‘It’s a great feeling,’ beamed David Luiz.

‘The team did great, especially in the first half. We could have scored three or four goals. Also in the second half we controlled the game, they had one opportunity and they scored.

‘It is frustrating when you control the whole game and there is a chance you lose on penalties, because with penalties you never know.

‘We pressed really well, especially on the defensive side all the strikers did an amazing job, so congratulations to everybody. We are so happy with the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team.’

Hazard was all set to take the fifth penalty but in the end was not needed, laughing afterwards that he will save it for the final if needed.

The Belgian, named man of the match following yet another virtuoso display, agreed with David Luiz about our dominance and also addressed comments made by Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday regarding his ability to do more.

‘It’s always good to bounce back after a tough game,’ started Hazard.

‘We did well for 90 minutes. We controlled the game in the first half. They had one chance and scored one goal. We had a couple of opportunities and didn’t score, but in the end we go through to the final so we are happy.

‘I just play my football,’ continued the 28-year-old.

‘It doesn’t matter what the manager said. I’m always focused on this team, I just want to do the best for this team, and I did so I am happy.’

Our reward for beating Tottenham is a showdown with holders Manchester City on 24 February. Hazard looked forward to our first League Cup final since 2015.

‘It will be hard. They are the best team with Liverpool at the moment in the Premier League.

‘They have won a lot of trophies in the last five years, but we also have a great team so it’s a 50-50 game.’

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