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Mauricio Pochettino responds to Gary Neville’s ‘billion-pound bottlejobs’ Chelsea claim after Liverpool defeat in Carabao Cup final



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Mauricio Pochettino has responded to Gary Neville labelling his Chelsea team as the ‘billion-pound bottlejobs’ after their Carabao Cup final loss to Liverpool.

Chelsea fell to defeat following Virgil van Dijk’s late header in the final minutes of extra-time after the game finished goalless after 90 minutes.

Pochettino’s side were unable to dispatch a countless number of chances in normal time before they ran out of steam in extra time. The Chelsea boss even admitted that his players were playing for penalties.

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This was despite Liverpool having several inexperienced youngsters brought into the fold and having minimal control of the game going into the extra minutes.

After full-time, Sky Sports co-commentator and former Manchester United defender Gary Neville labelled the game as “Klopp’s kids vs the Blue Billion-Pound Bottlejobs”.

Neville’s comments were brought up to Pochettino during his post-match press conference, and the Chelsea manager admitted that his team’s energy levels dropped in extra time but pushed back and stated that he also had a young team on the pitch.

“I don’t hear what he said, but if you compare the age of the two groups, I think it’s similar,” he began.

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“I have a good relationship with Gary. I don’t know how I can take his opinion, but I respect his opinion.

“We made a few changes, like Gallagher and Chilwell in extra-time. But it’s true, we didn’t keep the energy how we finished the second half.

“I don’t know how you can describe this situation, but for sure, I feel proud. They made a big effort. We are a young team and nothing to compare to Liverpool. He [Gary Neville] knows.”