Sarri: Chelsea's League Cup run on par with Tottenham's heroics

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David Luiz slammed Burnley's "anti-football" tactics as Chelsea were held to a 2-2 draw on a frustrating evening for Maurizio Sarri's side.

The Blues beat Liverpool in round three and Tottenham over two legs in the last four of the domestic competition, as well as overcoming Derby County and Bournemouth in-between, before losing on penalties to Manchester City in February's final.

The 18-year-old winger, who had forced himself into Maurizio Sarri's first team plans in recent weeks, went down towards the end of the first period after suffering no apparent contact.

"I know very well [the] Premier League is very hard", Sarri said.

"We'll go into the semi-final with confidence and we hope to qualify for the final".

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"I think at the beginning of the game it was a good feeling to score three goals like this". "He's very frustrated. He's been sent off and I think he's been offended as well, so he didn't feel it was the right thing to speak [publicly]", said Zola.

France forward Olivier Giroud fired his tenth goal of the club's Europa League campaign to cement his position as the competition's leading scorer.

"For 70 minutes (against Slavia Prague), very useful, played very well". 'You have to play some football to get that many points.

Blues assistant coach Gianfranco Zola said the Clarets time-wasted as Chelsea dropped two more points in the chase for a top-four Premier League finish.

Chelsea are understood to have made the referee aware of what was allegedly said to Sarri on numerous occasions during the game and he has indicated he will include their allegations in his match report.

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Arsenal and Chelsea have their sights on the Europa League final after coming through 12 encounters to put themselves within touching distance of the trophy. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League. "Got to work hard and try and come back stronger for next season!"

The match was even at 2-2 when the player limped off, with Chelsea having fought back to a 2-1 lead through N'Golo Kante and Gonzalo Higuain.

"The last four or five matches will be hard for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us". We are not very happy.

So don't panic if you see Alonso in the XI tonight, we still are backing Sarri to stick with Emerson against Man United on Sunday.

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'That's 28 points from 16 games and you can't do that with anti-football, ' said the Burnley manager. "Giroud played the match number 39 [against Slavia]". I think it was better [to take him off].

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