Former Chelsea striker blasts Pochettino and his players

Former Chelsea striker slams Mauricio Pochettino and his players

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, has slammed the performance he saw from the Chelsea players against Liverpool in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.

Chelsea were in the ascendancy after 90 minutes of play, but the Blues looked subdued in the second-half, as Liverpool youngsters ran riot.

Sutton was particularly offended by Pochettino for saying: “The players started to lose their energy. The team felt maybe penalties would be good for us.”

“Chelsea seem to be a soulless club at this moment in time,” Sutton said on Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast.

“Liverpool had half a team yesterday and Liverpool didn’t take their opportunity and then when all the kids went on, if you’re a Chelsea player at that moment, that should have been the moment when you thought “what an opportunity we have’, and yet they retreated and wanted penalties. That’s pretty gutless, that’s unforgivable.”

“Chelsea finished the second half with the momentum, with the chances,” Sutton continued.

“At that particular moment when Liverpool were putting kid after kid on, the Chelsea team had far greater experience. This was an opportunity for them to think ‘let’s got for the jugular, let’s smell blood. What a great chance to transform our season and get people talking about Chelsea again’.

“Gary Neville used the word they ‘bottled’ it. It’s hard to disagree with that. They should have taken the game to Liverpool and been braver in that moment in time, and they didn’t.”

Indeed, Chelsea should have won the Cup if the players had played with more belief in extra time.

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