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Mauricio Pochettino wants a ‘fair’ chance from referees against Klopp’s Liverpool

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged referees to remain impartial amidst the emotional backdrop of Jurgen Klopp’s final stint as Liverpool manager.

The upcoming Carabao Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea on Sunday at Wembley will see a rematch of last month’s Premier League encounter, where Liverpool secured a convincing 4-1 win.

Reflecting on January’s game against Liverpool, Pochettino acknowledged that his team did not merit any points. However, he raised concerns about several refereeing decisions during the match, emphasizing the importance of fairness for all teams facing Klopp’s Liverpool until the season’s end.

“I think we need to be sure we are going to compete and be fair in every single decision,” the Chelsea boss said. “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, always for another colour. Always red. I want to be treated in a fair way.

“Of course, we are going to celebrate [Klopp]. I am the first who is going to say that Liverpool is amazing and Klopp is one of the best coaches in the world. But I think after my last experience playing there, what I want in Wembley is to go there and not feel the pressure. It is to play a game at the same level and the best team will win. But not to feel the pressure of people around.”

Pochettino continued: “They were better than us [at Anfield], of course. But the first decision after five minutes was a clear penalty. In the second half it was a penalty, [Christopher] Nkunku.

“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 pressure is about not delivering the job for Klopp, no, the pressure is not to be part of the [hype].”

The former Spurs boss concluded his thoughts by denying the incentive of spoiling Klopp’s farewell was an added goal for Chelsea.

“We want to win because of Chelsea,” he stressed. “But of course Liverpool want to win. But please, not another party involved in the game will be part of the celebration that Klopp is leaving, no? That is important.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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