Gonzalo Higuain gets involved with celebrations as Chelsea beat Tottenham on Penalties

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Maurizio Sarri handed Olivier Giroud a chance to impress at centre-forward in Chelsea's EFL Cup semi-final showdown against Tottenham.

Gonzalo Higuain was at Stamford Bridge this evening to watch his new team beat Tottenham Hotspur on penalties to book a place in the Carabao Cup final.

"I think the last three, four matches we had a problem", Sarri said. "One was the motivation, and the other problem was that the players stopped having fun on the pitch".

"Now, with the performance, with the result, we can find again enthusiasm".

The Argentine joined on a loan deal from Juventus yesterday, but the paperwork was not completed in time for the striker to face Spurs.

Asked after the match if Sarri would be satisfied with the performance, Hazard said: "I hope so". "I think in this match we played with another mind, another motivation, another determination".

"Sissoko is okay, exhausted I think", said Pochettino.

That will allow Hazard to do what he does best by floating around the attack, finding space and scoring goals. "The performance of everyone from the team, and how we played, I can only congratulate them".

After the game, Hazard said: "It doesn't matter what the manager said".

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Kane is out injured, though, as is Dele Alli, while Son Heung-min is away on global duty at the Asian Cup, leaving Mauricio Pochettino's side shorthanded as it looks to reach the final.

"I'd prefer to lose on penalties [than in the game]", he said. "We are big players and we know when we are not playing well and when we are playing good". "I am so happy with him". Sarri stressed he had not been seeking to criticise his team, but pointed to this victory as potentially being restorative in terms of Chelsea's progress this season.



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