Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has admonished his side to push for a win and ultimately qualify for the Carabao Cup final as they prepare to face Arsenal in the second leg of the semis.
The Blues failed to score a goal at home against Arsenal in the first leg and will hope for an away goal at the Emirates to destabilize the Gunners at their own backyard.
Chelsea’s record against the Gunners has been a miserable one if the last seven games are used as a barometer. Antonio Conte has one win in seven matches in all games against the Arsene Wenger managed side since took charge as Chelsea boss in the summer of 2016.
Hazard will hope that record is bettered when they travel to the Emirates on Wednesday and is now hoping Chelsea can secure a final berth with a win away from home, following the masterclass display against Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend.
“It’s a semi-final. We will go there to win, for sure,” Hazard said. “If we are thinking about setting up defensively against Arsenal then that’s a bad thing, because we need to score goals. We will see what the team is like – maybe the manager can change some players.
We need to find ways to create problems for them. We will go there to win the game, create chances, because if we don’t create chances we can’t score. It’s that simple. Yes, maybe [it will be exciting like the league match], but we will see. We will go there to win the game because we want to win trophies at the end of the season, and the [Carabao] Cup is a good trophy.
Big games are special because you know everyone is watching. It’s a semi-final and our fans want Chelsea in finals, so they will be watching the game. The Emirates Stadium is good with a lot of fans. It’s the kind of night you want to shine in.”
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