1 month ago - Posted by - stanley okonkwo
Two of the players involved in Saturday’s 4-0 success at Brighton - Eden Hazard and Willy Caballero - have welcomed the return to winning form with a big Carabao Cup semi-final decider to come midweek.
The Blues had recorded three goalless draws from the four matches preceding Saturday’s, but there was no shortage of confidence in the final third as Eden Hazard, Willian and Michy Batshuayi caused the home defence all manner of problems with their clever movement and ability on the ball.
‘When you score early it’s easier because you have confidence from the start of the game. When you see the second goal by Willian, I think it was one of the best of the season because we created movement, one touch, one touch and then the finish was good so we want to do more like this,’ the Belgian explained.
‘When we play against teams they defend a lot because they know we have quality players and we need to find a solution. When it’s not me it has to be one of the other players. If we are not ready to do that then we are in trouble. That’s why we are working hard in training and trying to do our best.’
With Thibaut Courtois missing through injury there was a second consecutive start for Willy Caballero in goal and, after making a crucial save in last week’s FA Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Norwich, the Argentinian made another couple of important stops to keep Brighton at bay on Saturday.
‘At the end of the day we got back to winning ways and got the three points,’ Caballero said. ‘We started the game really well, scored two goals in a few minutes and created a lot of chances until the end, when we scored two more, so we are happy with our performance.
‘I had the opportunity to do some good, I want to do my best and save one, two or three goals. I am behind Thibaut all the time waiting for my opportunity but I’m so pleased because we won, I played and I kept a clean sheet.’
Next up for the Blues is the second leg of our Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday and, with the tie delicately poised at 0-0, Hazard says we will be approaching the game in a positive manner.
‘It’s a semi-final, we will go there to win for sure,’ said the attacker. ‘If we are thinking about defending against Arsenal that’s a bad thing because we need to score goals.
‘We will see the team, maybe the manager will change some players. We want to win trophies and the League Cup is a good trophy.
‘Big games are special because you know everyone is watching and our fans want Chelsea in the final. The stadium is good and on these kind of nights you want to shine.
‘We need to find solutions and create problems for them. We will go there to create chances because if we don’t create chances we can’t score. It is that simple.’