Clear Message: Pochettino Issues Stern Warning to Carabao Cup Final Referee

Pochettino Issues Stern Warning to Carabao Cup Final Referee

Mauricio Pochettino has said he “wants to be treated in a fair way” by referee Chris Kavanagh in the Carabao Cup final.

The Argentine was particularly aggrieved with the performance of referee Paul Tierney in Chelsea’s 4-1 defeat at Anfield at the end of January which came just days after Jurgen Klopp announced he would be leaving Liverpool.

In quotes picked up by The Standard the 51 year old said: “I think we need to be sure we are going to compete and be fair in every single decision.”

“I think when we played against Liverpool at Anfield, I think too many decisions, not one key decision was for us.”

“Two penalties were not given. Duels, 50-50s, were always for another colour, always red. I want to be treated in a fair way.”

Pochettino admitted that his side were outplayed that day but also added: “After you see the VAR that was interfering in many situations that were maybe similar, so give a penalty, why not?”

“We are Chelsea and we need to compete with the same tools. If they are better, well done, and we congratulate them, but be fair in every single decision.”

The Blues have been struggling in the league this season and sit 25 points behind leaders Liverpool but will feel given their recent performances they can more than compete on Sunday in what represents an opportunity for Pochettino to win his first trophy in England and the first trophy of the Todd Boehly era.

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