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“We want to win” — Pochettino begs Referees



"We want to win" -- Pochettino begs Referees

Chelsea battles Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, and Mauricio Pochettino couldn’t be any more worried as he faces Klopp for the last time in the premier league.

The Chelsea head coach ahead of the final has urged officials presiding over Sunday’s Carabao Cup final to ensure fairness and impartiality, cautioning against the potential influence of emotions surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s impending departure from Liverpool.

In a pre-match press conference leading up to the highly anticipated final at Wembley Stadium, Pochettino emphasized the importance of equitable treatment for both teams, directing his message to referee Chris Kavanagh. Referencing instances from their recent encounter at Anfield, where Chelsea felt aggrieved by refereeing decisions, Pochettino stressed the need for a level playing field.

“When we played at Anfield I think too many decisions … not one key decision was for us. Two penalties were not given. Duels, 50-50s, always for another colour. Always red. I want to be treated in a fair way,” the Argentine asserted.

While acknowledging Liverpool’s strengths and Klopp’s stature as one of the world’s best coaches, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss underscored his desire for a neutral environment at Wembley, free from external pressures.

“It is his last season here. We are going to compete in the same way, both teams, and [we want] both clubs to be seen in the same way,” Pochettino remarked, highlighting the mutual respect between the two sides.

Responding to queries about Chelsea’s approach to the final, Pochettino dismissed suggestions of spoiling Klopp’s farewell, emphasizing the team’s focus on their own objectives.

“We want to win because of Chelsea. Of course Liverpool want to win. But please, not another party involved in the game will be part of the celebration that Klopp is leaving, no? That is important,” Pochettino clarified.