Pochettino speaks out on ‘revenge’ mission for Chelsea vs Liverpool | Football | Sport

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Mauricio Pochettino, the Chelsea boss, insists that their Carabao Cup final against Liverpool is about making ‘history’, not seeking ‘revenge’. Despite never having won a trophy as a manager in England and suffering defeats at the 2016 League Cup final and 2019 Champions League final while managing Tottenham, Pochettino remains focused on the present.

He recalls the defeat to Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool in the Champions League final due to a controversial penalty resulting in a 2-0 loss for his team. Chelsea also have painful memories of losing to Klopp’s Reds in the FA Cup and League Cup finals in 2022, and a recent 4-1 thrashing in the league. 

However, Pochettino, who won the league and cup in France with Paris Saint-Germain, dismisses any notion of it being a grudge match for the Blues. He said: “No, this is not a game that’s personal or about Klopp or us taking revenge on Liverpool. It’s not revenge. 

“It’s about us knowing that in front of us we have the opportunity to write history – to win a trophy. That’s all our motivation. We love to compete with the best – and Liverpool, as a club, and Klopp and their players are amazing.”

Pochettino, 51, understands the impact of winning a medal early in your career. He believes his early successes with Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina shaped his career, leading him to play for top European clubs like PSG and Espanyol.

He thinks that victory today could provide a similar boost for the young Chelsea stars, whether they’re academy graduates or new arrivals. The former Argentina centre-half remembered: “It changed me and my career. It changes how people perceive you and your belief.

“Since the start we’ve been talking about the mentality of this club and needing a team to match it. Winning titles will be a good way to arrive at this. We’re going to build their careers and our careers by winning trophies. A final is about winning. Being second is the worst thing in the world.”

After heavy defeats at Anfield and against Wolves, few thought Chelsea could upset Klopp’s quadruple-chasing side in the Carabao Cup final. But the Londoners are now unbeaten in three games – and showed resilience and spirit to hold Manchester City at the Etihad last Saturday.

Poch added: “Things are changing. You didn’t see at beginning of the season this type behaviour to celebrate a block all together, to encourage each other. That’s process of all new teams: to build this competitive spirit. It’s a good sign. That’s when as a coaching staff you start to feel we’re in a good way.”

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