Chelsea beat Tottenham 4-2 on penalties to reach League Cup final

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Chelsea, which signed Gonzalo Higuain on loan for the rest of the season on Wednesday, is coming off a Premier League loss to Arsenal that resulted in blunt criticism from manager Maurizio Sarri.

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

"I'm always focused on this team and I just want to do my best for this team, and today I did".

The 60-year-old again denied attacking his players - "I only said we had a problem", he said - and insisted he would have been happy even if Chelsea had not advanced to the February 24 final at Wembley.

"I think in this match we played with another mind, with another motivation, with another determination".

Sarri has the chance of a first trophy of his managerial career, but Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino's wait for silverware goes on. Spurs looked a different side after the break and it made for an enthralling encounter, but Sarri will be delighted with the manner of their victory.

"I was really very happy with the performance before the penalties", he said. "They've a decent excuse in terms of that".

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"Let's be honest, Sarri hasn't particularly won everybody over at Chelsea yet and we know how gung-ho the owner is so you have to be very careful, especially with such influential players". 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.

Harry Kane's injury meant that Fernando Llorente was pressed into action in Tottenham's match against Fulham last weekend, and it's fair to say the Spaniard struggled.

"I'd prefer to lose on penalties [than in the game]", he said.

"In the second half we played so well and dominated and had chances".

Speaking after the game Luiz admitted it was a great feeling to score the winning penalty, and he felt that his side deserved to progress.

"The team was so good".

Two games, two goals and one assist.



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