Eden Hazard: I don't care what Maurizio Sarri says

Eden Hazard inspired Chelsea to a place in the EFL Cup final after head coach Maurizio Sarri urged him to do his talking with his feet.

Published : Jan 25, 2019 10:30 IST

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals for Chelsea in its win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Eden Hazard scored one of the goals for Chelsea in its win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Eden Hazard scored one of the goals for Chelsea in its win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea star Eden Hazard laughed off criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after his goal helped edge Tottenham out of a place in the EFL Cup final.

The Blues carried a 1-0 deficit into the second leg of the semifinal at Stamford Bridge but goals from N'Golo Kante and Hazard were their reward for a stirring first-half display.

Fernando Llorente's header restored aggregate parity but Chelsea converted four out of four penalties as Eric Dier and Lucas Moura erred for the visitor on Thursday.

Sarri had questioned his players' mentality and appetite for the battle after going down 2-0 to Arsenal in the Premier League at the weekend — words that certainly seemed to bring a collective response — while he called Hazard an "individual" as opposed to a "leader" at his pre-match news conference on Wednesday.

'Want to do my best'

Asked whether he was affected by Sarri's observations, Hazard broke into a broad grin and told Sky Sports : "No, to be fair I don't care. It doesn't matter what the manager says. I just want to do my best for this team and I'm happy."

Maurizio Sarri (in picture) had called Eden Hazard an individualas opposed to a leader, at the pre-match press conference. Photo: AP

Chelsea lost 2-0 to City when the teams met at Wembley in the Community Shield at the start of the season but won by the same scoreline to hand Pep Guardiola's reigning champion its first Premier League loss of the campaign last month.

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"It's always hard. They are the best team with Liverpool in the Premier League at the moment," Hazard added. "They've won a lot of trophies but we also have a lot of great players, so it's a 50-50 game."

Chelsea centre-back David Luiz dispatched the decisive penalty against Tottenham. "It's a great feeling," he told Sky Sports . "I think the team did great, especially in the first half we could score three or four goals. In the second half, we controlled the game. They had one opportunity and they scored. You saw the reaction of the team and the spirit of the team."

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