Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

I am a leader, says Chelsea star following Maurizio Sarri criticism

I am a leader, says Chelsea star following Maurizio Sarri criticism

David Luiz slotted the final one, but only after Jorginho did this.

Eden Hazard has brushed off Maurizio Sarri's claim he is more an individual than a leader and said he doesn't care about the Chelsea coach's comments.

Sarri had questioned the mental strength of his squad and demanded Hazard to deliver more on his abundant potential in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, and the Italian got the response he desired against an injury-ravaged Spurs.

"I'm proud of my players".

"In the dressing room, most of the players have won nearly everything", Hazard said.

"We are always close to the last step [to trophies] but to achieve it is the most hard thing", Pochettino said, before Sunday's FA Cup tie at Crystal Palace. I'm disappointed because I think we deserved more. "I just want to do my best for this team". I just play my football. Awaiting Chelsea in the final is Manchester City, who recorded an impressive 10-0 aggregate victory over Burton Albion in the other semifinal.

"I think that they reacted really very well, but I didn't attack my players", he said.

"I'm happy because I will go to play a final at Wembley which is important for me, my players and the club, but now we must think about the next match in the FA Cup, and then the most unsafe one will be Bournemouth".

The ex-Republic of Ireland player thinks the absence of the Spurs trio of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli was telling.

Giroud then had a huge opportunity to kickstart his faltering Chelsea career when picked out by Emerson's cross deep into stoppage time, but the French striker headed wide to send the game to penalties. "Four years, five years, that's nothing in the history of the club".

"If Chelsea had turned up without Hazard, Pedro and Willian, it's a completely different scenario, and that's the way it was with Spurs", he said.

"Gonzalo Higuain was lucky because if he saw us in the last match [where they struggled against Arsenal] he would be a little bit anxious I think!"

"Be regular competing in the cups in the semi-finals. To play as well as he played all the time is impossible, but we need to get as close as possible". "The team did great, especially in the first half".

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