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Chelsea’s head coach warns against bias amid Klopp’s departure

Chelsea’s head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has given a harsh warning to the officials monitoring Sunday’s Carabao Cup final, advising them to maintain fairness and impartiality given the emotional context surrounding Jurgen Klopp’s exit from Liverpool.

With Chris Kavanagh positioned to officiate the high-stakes match, Pochettino pointed out the need of treating Chelsea and Liverpool equally on the pitch.

Referring to previous controversial rulings, particularly Chelsea’s recent loss to Liverpool, in which they were not allowed two penalties, Pochettino stressed the importance of avoiding any undue influence that could jeopardize his team’s performance at Wembley.

When questioned about the potential pressure on Liverpool as a result of Klopp’s upcoming leaving, Pochettino noted that, while joyful sentiments may be diminished on-field equality must prevail.

In a pre-match statement, Pochettino stated, “We need to be sure we are going to compete and be fair in every single decision.”

“When we played 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. 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 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 in the same level and the best team will win. But not to feel the pressure of people around.”

Chelsea were the first Premier League side to face Liverpool after the news about Klopp’s future. “It is nice,” Pochettino said.

“Liverpool is an amazing club and I love Klopp. The way he is is amazing. It is his last season here. We are going to compete in the same way, both teams, and [we want] both clubs to be seen in the same way.”

Pochettino was asked whether Chelsea were going to Wembley to spoil the party. “No,” he said.

“We want to win because of Chelsea. 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.”

His remarks indicate a proactive response to any apparent biases, underlining the necessity of maintaining integrity in officiating.

As the final match gets closer, Pochettino’s appeal for equitable treatment serves as a reminder of the importance of fair play in premier football contests.

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