Hazard has complained about being deployed in the false nine role, an apparent necessity with Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud short of form and goals, and Sarri gave an interview yesterday suggesting that the No 10 should be "less of an individual".
Chelsea provided the ideal response to manager Maurizio Sarri's public criticism to progress to the League Cup final by beating Tottenham 4-2 on penalties in a thrilling semi-final, second leg on Thursday (Jan 24).
"Gonzalo Higuain was lucky because if he saw us in the last match [where they struggled against Arsenal] he would be a little bit anxious I think!"
Ross Barkley got the nod in the midfield against Spurs, but he received a wave of criticism on Twitter following his display despite the win.
"I think it's going to be a hard game tonight".
Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong may have been the best thing to happen to Tottenham in the transfer market since last January, as reports in Spain say that it may have opened the door for the Premier League side to land PSG's Adrien Rabiot.
The Blues will face Manchester City in next month's final at Wembley. For me, the best response is to be on the pitch and to win games.
Donnarumma wishes Higuain luck ahead of expected Chelsea switch
In 2015-16, which was Sarri's first season at Napoli , Higuain scored 36 goals in 35 games in Serie A. Gonzalo Higuain is hoping to fly to London on Monday afternoon to finalise his loan move to Chelsea .
"We knew in this type of situation the most important is to compete and we compete [d]. Sometimes I had a little problem to put him in because we are not a very physical team". "The reaction was very good but we need to have motivation with continuity now".
"I think we have to think about the 180 minutes, the two matches".
Pochettino took pride in a performance which came in the absence of injured duo Harry Kane and Dele Alli, and Son Heung-min, who is on worldwide duty with South Korea. "I am sure he will gain the same understanding with Gonzalo Higuain". Sarri said. "But we are able to play a lot".
Harry Kane's injury meant that Fernando Llorente was pressed into action in Tottenham's match against Fulham last weekend, and it's fair to say the Spaniard struggled.
And Chelsea went ahead when Eden Hazard tapped in from the centre of the area.
"In the second half we played so well and dominated and had chances, but over 180 minutes it was 2-2". Over 180 minutes it was 2-2. I feel so proud. "Again, when we see his performances we look forward to seeing more and more".
But in the league he has yet to start a game, with his two appearances coming off the bench.