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‘You have been patient’ – Mauricio Pochettino pens emotional open letter to Chelsea supporters ahead of Carabao Cup final meeting with Liverpool

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Mauricio Pochettino has written an open letter to Chelsea fans ahead of the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Chelsea are gearing up for their Carabao Cup final against Liverpool and Pochettino insists that he and his players will “continue the traditions” of the club by attempting to win his first trophy in English football. Of course, in the Premier League, the Blues are 10th and have won just one of their last four games; they played Liverpool earlier this season and lost 4-1 at Anfield.

WHAT POCHETTINO SAID

In the letter, published on Chelsea’s website, Pochettino said: “Chelsea supporters,Today at Wembley we can create something special. A memory that lives with us all. A moment that endures. Finals have this power. They unite us. Families will come together and be connected in their emotion. Friends will share this experience and be bonded.

“Then there are the children who will live a final for the first time. It is something that always stays with you. For me, it was the 1978 World Cup final in Argentina. I watched with my father. I was just six years old but I remember it so well. Of course, the feelings are different now. As a coach you must be relaxed ahead of a final to be clear in your thinking. It’s the same for my staff.

“We all believe in our players and the way we work. This season has not always been easy, that is the reality. But the trust between us as a team has remained really strong. That has helped us reach Wembley and it will help us in this final. Now we must do what Chelsea do. Win.

“You, the supporters, will help us. We know this. You have been patient and defended us in our hard moments. You have celebrated and enjoyed our steps forward. We are proud this relationship is blooming and the feelings we had in this competition after the wins against Newcastle and Middlesbrough – and recently after Aston Villa and Crystal Palace – are something we want again.”

TELL ME MORE

Pochettino added: “Liverpool will not make it easy. They are capable of bringing a storm on the pitch and when it arrives, we must be ready to give our best to achieve what we all want. We will remind the players that when the heart beats a little faster, that is when you must be ready to fight.

“We all know the history of Chelsea. It is massive and everyone understands the expectations of this club. That is the owners, the players, the staff at Cobham, the staff at Stamford Bridge, the Academy, and the women’s team.

“Many people from the club will be at Wembley today to help us as a team, but also to help translate the atmosphere of the final to the supporters that can’t be in the stadium. Only if we are together can we live these special moments and create these memories.

“We want the same as you. We want to continue the traditions of Chelsea. We want this trophy. See you at Wembley, Mauricio.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Pochettino has spent a total of 11 years managing in England, with Southampton, Tottenham and Chelsea, but he has never lifted a trophy. He has been runner-up on multiple occasions with Spurs but will aim to finally end his hoodoo on Sunday.

WHAT NEXT?

After facing Liverpool, Chelsea will again be in cup action in midweek, against Leeds in the FA Cup. They are next in Premier League action the following Saturday, against Brentford.

 

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