Mauricio Pochettino responds to claims he snubbed Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after Carabao Cup final | Football

Mauricio Pochettino appeared to ignore Todd Boehly at Wembley (Photo: YouTube / Twitter)

Mauricio Pochettino has refuted claims that he ignored Todd Boehly after Chelsea’s Carabao Cup final defeat at Wembley.

Liverpool beat Chelsea on Sunday thanks to a 118th minute winner from Virgil van Dijk, denying Pochettino a first trophy in English football.

It would also have been the piece of silverware for Chelsea since Boehly bought the club in 2022, and would have been a major boost for all involved given how calamitous the American’s reign at Stamford Bridge has been so far.

As Pochettino went to receive his runners-up medal, he made his way along the long line of officials and dignitaries, including a red-faced Boehly, and appeared to ignore the owner and chairman.

It comes amid reports that the manager could be sacked at the end of the season, with the side currently 11th in the Premier League, and with the FA Cup the only trophy left to win this season.

Winning the cup may also be Chelsea’s only way to qualify for Europe, with the Blues up against old rivals Leeds United in the fifth-round on Wednesday night.

But speaking in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Pochettino claimed there was no rift between him and the owners, saying: ‘Yes [I feel the support of the board].

‘After the game, Todd sent a really nice message.

‘We were talking and I said hello when I saw them in the stadium. I met Behdad [Eghbali, co-owner] after and we were talking, we were talking.

‘We were sharing the opinion of the game, we were talking about the opportunity we missed to win a trophy because we played really well in 90 minutes. We were not clinical enough.

Chelsea v Liverpool - Carabao Cup Final

Chelsea’s last chance at a trophy this season is the FA Cup (Photo: Getty)

‘Of course we are so disappointed, Chelsea is about to win. Liverpool spent four years, [Jurgen] Klopp didn’t win a title but got the support from the club. Now they are getting what they deserve because of that.

‘For us, after seven or eight months, to get to the final is a massive achievement in this project.’

Asked whether the owners would give him the same amount of time as Klopp at Liverpool or Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, Pochettino replied: ‘It’s not in my hands.

‘We have a very good relationship with the owners and sporting directors. It’s about trust. It’s not the coach’s decision.’

‘We are in a good way, in the moment, in the process, that is normal to be. Then you can call “successful”, no? Being in a final and losing? Maybe you can say it’s disastrous, good or not good. That depends on how you judge.’

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