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Sarri happy with Chelsea players’ response in League Cup semifinal

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea - Carabao Cup: Semi-Final First Leg

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea looks on during the warm up ahead of the Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on January 8, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Coming off two defeats in all competitions sandwiched around a win at Newcastle in which Chelsea didn’t look at top form, the Blues were entering an all-important League Cup London Derby in a tough run of form.

Whether from themselves or through motivation from the manager, Maurizio Sarri, Chelsea’s starting XI dug deep and scored two first half goals, enabling the side to advance to the League Cup final next month, where they’ll face Manchester City at Wembley.

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“I think that they reacted very well tonight,” Sarri said after the match. “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.

“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.”

It’s a little disingenuous for Sarri to say he didn’t attack his players. He did. But after being criticized publicly, along with I’m sure some words in the locker room,