Eden Hazard insisted he doesn’t care about criticism from boss Maurizio Sarri after he played a starring role against Tottenham on Thursday.
The Belgian was sharp, dynamic and a constant source of threat as the Blues overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit to book a final date at Wembley Stadium against holders Manchester City.
Hazard was called an individual, rather than a team player, who must do more by his manager in the build-up. But when quizzed on the comments, the attacker laughed off any suggestions it affected him.
After being presented with the Man of the Match award, Hazard told Sky Sports: ‘To be fair I don’t care – I just play my football and it doesn’t matter what the manager says.
‘I’m always focused on this team and I just want to do my best for this team, and today I did.’
Hazard is yet to commit his long-term future to the club but Sarri’s comments were sparked after the former Lille attacker gave an interview to France Football.
Hazard said he has frustrated all his coaches to date in his career but that he has no plans to change – leading to Sarri telling him to do his talking on the pitch.
Following the defeat by Arsenal on the weekend, the manager said: ‘Eden is at the moment a wonderful player, but he’s an individual player. He’s a very instinctive player.
‘He’s very important for us, of course, because he’s a great player. He always can win the match in two minutes, sometimes in one minute, but at the moment he’s not a leader.’
N’Golo Kante opened the scoring via the help of a deflection after 27 minutes before Hazard doubled the scoreline to put Chelsea ahead in the tie for the first time.
Tottenham, struggling without Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dele Alli, changed systems in the second half and got back in the game after Fernando Llorente netted.
In the end it went to penalties and Sarri’s side did not need to turn to Hazard after winning it 4-2 following misses from Tottenham duo Eric Dier and Lucas Moura.