Eden Hazard put up a star display against Spurs at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, proving to the Blues boss he has the leader qualities
Chelsea attacker Eden Hazard demands he means to be a leader each time he steps out onto the pitch, dismissing Maurizio Sarri’s recent criticism of him.
Chelsea booked their place in the Carabao Cup final with a penalty shootout triumph over Spurs, following an exciting second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.
Sarri’s side were 1-0 down from the first leg, but they levelled the aggregate score with a 2-1 win in normal time, thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard.
After neither one of the sides could find a winning goal in extra time, Chelsea came out on top in the shootout, with David Luiz netting the conclusive penalty to start wild scenes of celebration among the home faithful.
Hazard was deployed in his favourite position on the left-hand side of the front three and his dynamic performance was the catalyst for Chelsea’s success.
The Belgium international was the subject of criticism from Sarri at the start of the week, as the Italian questioned Hazard’s ability to lead as part of a team.
After Thursday’s game Hazard was asked if he felt like a leader, to which he responded insubordinately: “I always say that on the pitch I’m a leader. I think I am a leader.”
Chelsea will presently anticipate going head to head against Premier League champions Manchester City in the final at Wembley on February 24, with their opponents aiming to win the trophy for a second successive year.
Hazard also added that he was pleased with his own display against Spurs, before looking ahead to an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
“My job on the pitch is to just do what I can do so I am happy,” he stated. “We have two days now to recover for Sunday which is also a tough game.
“The boys deserve today. We played the best game and we deserve it.”
The Blues are now well placed to challenge for silverware on three fronts while also fighting to secure a top-four Premier League finish and Champions League qualification.