David Luiz whipped the last spot-kick home for the Blues, as Chelsea ousted Tottenham 4-2 on spot-kicks in the return leg of Carabao Cup semi-final clash at Stamford Bridge.
Maurizio Sarri’s side slip through, to the finals of the EFL Cup, to face Premier League holders Manchester City at Wembley on 24 February.
Chelsea showed a much rather resilient side to the one that played Spurs at Wembley, and should have gone through without penalties if Fernando Llorende had not drilled home just 10 minutes into the latter half.
Blues pressed, and were extremely lethal up front against a Mauricio Pochettino side that lacked the presence of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Heung-Min Son.
Nonetheless, Spurs still managed to keep things together, despite Chelsea spurning their chances in both halves.
Italian Emerson Palmieri looked very well composed at right-back, and that has earned him a few words of praise for Sarri.
Sarri justified the young defender’s performance as an improvement, one he is truly pleased with.
Maurizio Sarri confirms to me that Emerson Palmieri is not for sale. He said he is improving and that he only didn’t play him because a lack of height. #CFC
— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) January 24, 2019
Emerson had earlier been linked with a move away from Chelsea just six months in the job, but Sarri now wants to keep the player. The Italian is confident about the player’s abilities and will not sanction his move this month.