Maurizio Sarri says he was pleased with Chelsea 's impressive display during their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg win against Spurs.
The west London club beat Tottenham 4-2 on penalties at Stamford Bridge to book their place in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Goals from N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard cancelled out Spurs' first-leg lead, but Fernando Llorente's header ensured the semi-final second leg ended 2-2 on aggregate.
And, it was the Blues who ended up winning on penalties as Eric Dier and Lucas Moura missed for Mauricio Pochettino's side, allowing David Luiz to seal the winner.
After the clash, the Chelsea head-coach told Sky Sports: "The last three or four matches we had a problem, the problem was the motivation and the players stopped to have fun on the pitch.
"Now with that performance and result we can find enthusiasm again. We need to continue this motivation. That was very important.
"The players reacted really well tonight. I was very happy with the performance before the penalties. If there had been a different outcome I would have still been happy. We deserved to win this game without penalties."
Chelsea have reached the League Cup final for the eighth time; the joint-most final appearances by a London club in the competition (also Spurs and Arsenal).
Maurizio Sarri is the sixth manager to take Chelsea to a League Cup final and just the fourth to do it in his first season in charge (after Vialli, Mourinho and Grant).