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What Mauricio Pochettino did to Todd Boehly after Chelsea embarrassment vs Liverpool

Chelsea news as Mauricio Pochettino fails to withhold disappointment after the Blues fall to embarrassing defeat in Carabao Cup final against Liverpool

For Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea there has never been a more damning indictment of the total inefficiency of the club over nearly two years. As Liverpool’s side, made up primarily of academy players or rotation options, secured a third successive domestic cup win over the Blues, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital co-owner Behdad Eghbali were left to watch on as their grand vision went up in smoke.

Chelsea’s side was younger on average than their opponents during a 1-0 Carabao Cup final loss, but the cost of the squad, and even the levels of experience within it, were a long way ahead of what Jurgen Klopp had to offer. Even the relative lack of top-level game time for Noni Madueke and Mykhailo Mudryk – who came off the bench in the second half – is no foil for failing to overcome a Reds side including teenagers James McConnell, Bobby Clark, and Jayden Danns.

The ploy to sign young players across the planet in the hope of seeing them develop into world-beaters was well and truly shown up at Wembley, where trust in homegrown talents did the job for Liverpool. Pochettino, as the man in charge, ultimately carries the can.

He is the one who will have to answer to Boehly and Eghbali. He is the one that fans are now calling for to be sacked (again). Whether it was poor coaching, poor recruitment, or both, that lead to this stage and the public humiliation of wastefulness, is beside the point that Chelsea’s grand project has fallen short at a hurdle that many claim is lower than ever

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