Mauricio Pochettino believes it is an amazing achievement for Chelsea to reach the Carabao Cup final after their comeback victory at Stamford Bridge, but is eager to finish the job at Wembley in the final next month.
The Blues turned their Carabao Cup semi-final around at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, wiping out our 1-0 defeat in the first leg at Middlesbrough with an emphatic 6-1 thrashing of the same opponents in west London.
Pochettino has explained why he believes this could be a key moment in his team’s development, but was careful to underline they need to not let this opportunity for his first silverware in England slip through their fingers when they take on Liverpool or Fulham on February 25.
“In some points it’s an amazing achievement because it was an objective when we started, because we are not in Europe. To build a team from nearly zero, it was an objective to be at Wembley in February,” said Pochettino.
“That job is done but now it’s about winning the final. I am so happy. But on the other side it looks like it is not so important when Chelsea are out of the Champions League and the Premier League title race. It’s important for the club, it’s important for us and important for this process to build a new team.
“It’s an important step for us for the confidence and belief in ourselves. That’s going to help because of the motivation and players who are close to returning to the team, they are going to want to come back to training tomorrow because of the final!
“I am desperate to win a title here. We won three trophies in Paris and we want to win one here. I am desperate to win trophies, of course.”