Sarri salutes Chelsea performance
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri felt his players deserved much more after losing 1-0 to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
It is advantage Spurs at the halfway point in the Carabao Cup semi-final as Harry Kane scored from the spot in the 26th minute after being scythed down by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
It gave Spurs a win they perhaps did not deserve as Chelsea twice hit the woodwork, and Sarri certainly felt they deserved more from the Wembley showdown.
"I'm really disappointed with the result, but I'm really happy with the performance," the Italian said.
"We played with a very good level of application, of determination, with the heart, with the soul. We played in this way with continuity for 95 minutes.
"Usually in the last matches we defended very well for 60 minutes then we had problems in the last 20, 30, sometimes 15 minutes. In this match the level of application was the same for 95 minutes."
Callum Hudson-Odoi started and performed well amid repeated links with a big money move to Bayern Munich.
Of the 18-year-old, Sarri said: "He is improving. In the last match he played very well and also today I think a very good match.
"He played like a player of 25, 26 years, I think. A very good match."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.