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Even Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino backed Maurizio Sarri after the Italian boss criticized the use of technology in Carabao Cup’s semi-final last night.

Harry Kane was awarded a penalty following the assistance of VAR which overturned the referee’s decision. Sarri confirmed the situation was controversial as ‘Kane was offside, clearly offside’. 

“I don’t like the VAR,” he said.

“Today we get the benefit of it but after watching the World Cup and another league like La Liga, I see that nobody is happy from day one that they started to use it.

“To get the benefit is nice but I am unhappy to win the game like this.

Pochettino added: “We all have to agree: players, coaching staff. I watch La Liga every week and nobody is happy, the big clubs and the small clubs. If you are playing to win the title or to stay up, nobody is happy.

“That is a good example for us. We have six months to improve the system and there is a lot of work to do.”

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Andreas Christensen played yesterday in Chelsea‘s defeat at Wembley vs Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg.

The Danish defender however, believes the Blues deserved a better result:

It was a tough result,” Christensen told Chelsea Tv. “I felt as though, especially in the second half, we had a good spell in the game. We played good and had chances, and we probably feel as though we should have at least got a draw from it.”

The 1-0 loss is a bad result, but not too bad as Chelsea can play the second leg at Stamford Bridge and have many chances to advance to the Carabao Cup final.  “After we went 1-0 down it was good that we didn’t just think it was over, we kept going and we knew we just had to stay in the game because it’s over two legs,” Christensen added. “We’re still in it and we think we can decide the game at home.”

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Chelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri can’t be happy with the result of the Carabao Cup‘s semifinal first leg vs Tottenham as the Spurs defeated the Blues 1-0.

On the other hand, however, the Italian praises his team for their performance: “We deserved more because in this match we played better than the opponents,” Sarri assessed. “We were in control of the match and defended well against a team dangerous in the offensive phase, so we deserved more. We played about 70 balls in the opposition box against 11 balls of Tottenham in our box, 18 shots against seven I think, five goal opportunities against two, so we deserve more. So I am really disappointed with the result but very happy with the performance, one of the most important of the season from my team.”

The performance was good because Chelsea had a different approach from the Premier League‘s game in November: “Because we played with a very good level of application and determination, with the head and with the soul, and we played this way with continuity for 95 minutes”. Sarri went on. “Usually we have defended very well for 60 minutes and then we have had problems with the last 15, 20, 30 minutes. This time the level of application was the same for 95 minutes so I am very happy with this.”

So, even if Chelsea lost the first leg, the team can win the second leg at Stamford Bridge and move on to the Carabao Cup final: “Chelsea v Tottenham is a very difficult match and also for them, so it will not be easy to win at Stamford Bridge but after this performance, if we are able to play on the same level I think that we can do it.” Sarri explained.

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Chelsea 18-year-old starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi will start for the Blues in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur tonight.

Bayern Munich have reportedly placed a fourth and improved offer to land the striker in the January transfer window. However, Chelsea stand firm and the Bundesliga champions have already three bids rejected by the Premier League giants

Hudson-Odoi, who replaces injured Alvaro Morata against Spurs, spoke ahead of the clash and insisted this will be ‘definitely the biggest game’ of his career so far.

He told Chelsea’s official website: “It’s definitely the biggest game of my career so far. I am fully focused on the game. We are all determined to work our hardest out there.

“Hopefully there’ll be a great atmosphere. It’s a big stadium that everybody dreams of playing at”.

“It’s going to be a big game for us and hopefully we can get the result”.

 

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Chelsea take on Spurs in the first-leg of Carabao Cup’s semi-finals tonight. Official line-ups have been unveiled as Alvaro Morata is ruled out due to a minor injury he suffered earlier this morning. Callum Hudson-Odoi replaces the Spaniard in the attacking trio.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS (4 3 1 2) – Gazzaniga, Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane

Subs: Lloris, Davies, Foyth, Walker-Peters, Skipp, Lamela, Llorente

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

CHELSEA (4 3 3)  Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, Alonso, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Hazard, Hudson-Odoi

Subs: Caballero, Zappacosta, Ampadu, Luiz, Kovacic, Pedro, Giroud

Manager: Maurizio Sarri

Venue: Wembley Stadium

Kick-Off: 8PM GMT

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Speaking during his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s night Carabao Cup semifinal vs TottenhamChelsea‘s manager Maurizio Sarri gave some injury’s updates.

Pedro, Willian and Giroud are doing better, yesterday they had training with their team-mates, with the group”. the Italian explained. “I don’t know if they will be able to play tomorrow, maybe not for 90 minutes.’

On the other hand, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who left the pitch during Saturday’s Fa Cup game at Stamford Bridge vs Nottingham Forest won’t be part of the team tomorrow at Wembley: “Loftus-Cheek of course is out now, we have to understand the situation with his back because in the last month he was in trouble.” Sarri added.

Then, Sarri also spoke about January transfer window: he admitted he thinks Fabregas should leave Chelsea, but, in that case, the club must sign a replacement: “I can say only my opinion. I don’t know the decision of the club. In my opinion he needs to go. You know very well the situation and in this club there is a rule, the renewal for players over 30 is usually one year, he has an offer for three years and I don’t want a very important player like Cesc not happy, but that’s only my opinion, it depends on the club”. Sarri claimed. “If Cesc will go of course we need a replacement. Now with the midfielders we are in trouble because I don’t know about the situation with Loftus-Cheek, if it’s serious or not, without Cesc we only have five so we need a replacement.”

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Tomorrow Chelsea will face Tottenham at Wembley in the Carabao Cup semifinal’s first leg.

The Blues and the Spurs have already met in the Premier League when Mauricio Pochettino‘s side defeated Chelsea 3-1. Things have to be different tomorrow night as Maurizio Sarri explained during his pre-game press conference.

We need to approach this match in another way because we lost that way in the first 15 minutes”. the Italian manager said. “They were more aggressive and determined than us. We know if the approach is the same then there’s no solution for us. I want to speak before about this”

The Blues’ approach to the game will be the most important thing, but it won’t be the only thing Sarri is going to change: “We will change tactics, I think.” he added.

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Chelsea‘s official website confirmed Carabao Cup clash between Tottenham Hotspurs and Blues will take place on Tuesday 8th January.

The semi-final’s first leg will start at 8PM and the venue will be Wembley Stadium, while “the date for the second leg, which takes place at Stamford Bridge, is yet to be confirmed”.

An official statement read: “We have been informed by the EFL that a date for that game will not be announced until after the draw for the FA Cup fourth round has taken place (the FA Cup third round ties take place across the weekend of 4 to 7 January)”.

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After tonight’s win vs Bournemouth, Maurizio Sarri‘s assistant manager Gianfranco Zola commented on the Carabao Cup‘s draw.

The Blues will face Tottenham in the semifinals and so they have the chance to “revenge” their loss in the Premier League game.

It could have been better. But it is the semi-final. We are happy. Spurs gave us a footballing lesson but it will be a different type of game”. Zola said about the draw. “There are a lot of proud players and they want to play this game and show that we were not the ones that played that game. Too many players under played and were hurt. We are pleased that we will play them and we can’t wait”.

Chelsea gained their place in the semifinals thanks to the win vs Bournemouth as Eden Hazard scored a late winning goal:  “The difference was the changes that we made. Of course we have a lot of games and players like Eden we need to keep fit. Even in 20 minutes he can make a big difference.” Zola admitted. “He is certainly one of the players that has given this club a lot of satisfaction. Hopefully he will stay with us and get even bigger. I hope he achieves great things for us in the future”.

Eden Hazard scored the winning goal, but it was Ruben Loftus-Cheek the Blues best player tonight at Stamford Bridge:  “I was impressed with him. He has done well as a wide player, but he showed a lot of sacrifice as a midfielder”. Zola explained. “He was getting tired but was disciplined. He is gone far away from the beginning of the season. He is a good boy and works very hard”.

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London derby for Chelsea in the Carabao Cup‘s semifinals: Maurizio Sarri‘s side will face Tottenham.

The first leg will be played at Wembley in the week commencing January 7, while the second leg is scheduled at Stamford Bridge two weeks later.

Tottenham booked their place in the semifinals defeating Arsenal tonight at Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea defeated Bornemouth thanks to an Eden Hazard‘s goal.

The other Carabao Cup‘s semifinal will be Manchester City-Burton Albion.

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