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Pochettino hopes Chelsea can build on Carabao Cup run

Mauricio Pochettino hopes Chelsea can transfer their Carabao Cup form into the Premier League after reaching the competition’s semi-finals in midweek.

Chelsea beat Newcastle on penalties in the last eight after Mykhailo Mudryk’s late equaliser forced a shootout, a morale-boosting win for the West Londoners after a difficult season to date.

 

The Blues will face Championship side Middlesbrough over two legs in the semi-final, and Pochettino hopes Chelsea can take confidence from their cup exploits as his side look to climb the Premier League table.

“It was a shame we didn’t score before [stoppage time], that is a lesson to us but we took a lesson to always be trying and never to give up,” Pochettino said at his pre-match press conference ahead of facing Wolves this weekend.

“It should be a very important thing for us. We need to show we can capitalise on the experience and use in the future.

“It is a part of the process to grow and improve as a team and a group.

“Step by step, we are doing something good. It is still far away where we want to be, we are still up and down but I think we are doing something positive for the future.”

The fixture with the Wolves is the first of three Premier League fixtures inside a week for Chelsea, though Pochettino said he is only focused on the next game.

“We only want to think about the 24th. It is going to be tough, very tough, to play there [at Wolves] and it is going to be a challenge.

“I think only about winning the first game, then a few days after against Palace, then Luton. It is going to be massive for us in terms of the points we can win from these games, but for now I only think about Wolves.”

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