​​Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has claimed that playing in this season’s League Cup is similar to playing in the Champions League for the team, ahead of their game against ​Tottenham Hotspur in the semifinals.

The Blues have already faced Derby County and Bournemouth in the competition and now will face Spurs in the two-legged semifinals. The winner will potentially face Manchester City in the final.

Sarri has compared the competition with that of playing in the Champions League, where every round brings higher quality opposition and making it increasingly difficult to stay in the tournament.

“It is very difficult. The level of the opponent is very high,” said Sarri, according to ​Goal.

“We have had to play against Liverpool. Now we have to play against Tottenham, and in an eventual final it would probably be against Manchester City.

“It’s like playing in the Champions League, but in the League Cup.”

Chelsea return to the Wembley Stadium where they lost to Spurs 3-1 in the Premier League. They will need to do considerably better than that if they are to progress to the final.

He added: “The result was our fault.

“Of course they [Tottenham] are a great team, very dangerous, but we could have done better, especially in the first 20 minutes when we were out of the match mentally.

“I saw my players in the dressing room after the match. They were destroyed. They needed only to realise why the match was so bad.”

The two-legged semifinals offers Chelsea the chance to take revenge, but they will need their frontline to start firing if they are to have any chance.


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