Carabao Cup: So painful — Pochettino explains why Chelsea lost to Liverpool

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino|| image credit: Imago

Carabao Cup: So painful — Pochettino explains why Chelsea lost to Liverpool

Faruq Ibrahim 22:59 - 25.02.2024

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino criticises his players' finishing following the Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino laments over his team's poor finishing, following the EFL Cup final defeat to Liverpool at Wembley. 

Despite creating five big chances, the Blues fell to a late Virgil Van Dijk dagger in the second-half of extra-time. Chelsea dominated the injury-ridden Liverpool and created a truckload of chances, but poor finishing cost them. 

What Chelsea said 

"We need to take positive things, need to push, use this type of game to learn and be better,” Pochettino started, per the BBC.

"I think we really competed if you don't score with chances we had it's difficult to win the final. That is why, we lost final we need to be clinical in front of goal and we congratulate Liverpool and keep going.

"The way you lose is so painful but now we need to keep going keep moving. They scored and we didn't score.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino || Credit: imago
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino || Credit: imago

He went on to emphasise their poor finishing, and be believes his players must feel the pain of the defeat to improve.  

“We created four, five, six big chances and we didn't score. In a game like today and in a final to score first, it is a big advantage.”

"We didn't score and that is a bit of a problem. We conceded in the last minute and it is difficult to react. They [the players] are professional, they need to feel the pain. We played for a trophy we didn't get. They need to feel the pain like us.

"The players feel the disappointment because we were so close to winning the game after 90 minutes.”

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