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Zola Sets Sights On Spurs

Zola Sets Sights On Spurs

Gianfranco Zola says Chelsea are keen to be at their best when they face Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Eden Hazard came off the substitutes’ bench to score six minutes from time in a 1-0 quarter-final win over Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge, setting up next month’s two-legged tie with Spurs.

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Tottenham beat Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley last month and the behaviour of a minority of Blues’ fans has come under scrutiny following alleged anti-Semitic chanting which the club wishes to eradicate.

Assistant boss Zola reckons Chelsea are keen to impress on and off the field next month, saying: “Everyone is very excited to be facing them again. “We are happy because, some time ago, they gave us a good footballing lesson.

We’re looking forward to challenging them again. “There are a lot of proud players in our team. Of course they will want to play this game and show we were not the ones playing in that game. Too many players under-played. Some of them were hurt. They will be looking forward to it.”

UEFA is investigating after the alleged use of a chant by Chelsea supporters featuring discriminatory language, anti-Semitic in nature, aimed at Tottenham fans.

Zola added: “I have no doubts that they will respond to it in a proper way. We have fantastic supporters and I’m sure they’ll be supporting respectfully and in the Chelsea way.”

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