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What have the managers said ahead of the Carabao Cup Final?

27 February 2022

As Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp prepare to take to their respective dugouts face, this year’s Carabao Cup Final will represent the first time that two German managers have locked horns in one of England’s domestic Finals.

Thomas Tuchel on...

The opposition:

"We have things to trust on. We have experienced tight matches against Liverpool as I think the last three were a draw. We will find a win somehow and we know what it takes to have a tough match against them and now we need to show it. It's the same for them and it's nice to have a match like this in a Final.

"It's a big challenge, a big occasion, and we feel competitive. This is what we want to continue. In the end, it's a pleasure to meet Jürgen in a Final at Wembley. We are very grateful for the chance."

Preparation ahead of the Final:

"I don't think you take care of the Final the day before or on the day. You take care of the Final on the daily process. The principles, the behaviour is installed. When the tension is growing, we try to give less information. It's not the time for crazy things, crazy talks. But even that changes from occasion to occasion."

The latest team news:

"We had training today with everyone on the pitch except for Ben Chilwell, which is brilliant news. This is pretty much it. Both [Kovacic and Ziyech] are OK since today. Everybody joined team training from the first to the last minute. No reactions but positive reactions. I hope it stays like this. We have another training session tomorrow and then we have Sunday."

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Jürgen Klopp on...

Reaching the Final:

“You face a lot of challenges on the way and then when you make it to the Final, then it’s big and I know the people are buzzing as well. So, we can play a Final in front of a full stadium, which is great as well. I’m really looking forward to it.

“When you go for these kind of things then you want to have the people around. This is the moment where we have that for the first time in a really big event."

Liverpool's latest starlets:

“If – a big if – we win the competition then it’s a competition really for the whole Club and especially for the Academy as well because we used players from the Under-18s, we obviously used players from the Under-23s. They are all really good and that’s why we used them, but some of them made obviously a proper impression, like Tyler [Morton], for example, like Kaide [Gordon], for example, like Conor [Bradley], for example – not to miss anybody."

Injury updates:

“In this moment in time, even with two players out [Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota], it’s the first time that we would have the squad to play maybe two mainly senior teams, which was never possible before. That’s why we had to do what we did and we came through and everybody deserves to be a part of this journey."

The fans:

“They are outstanding. They helped us in each situation during the season, during the last season especially when they were not here but then came [back] a little bit.

“We know exactly how they will push us and we know that we have to do our job as well, so that is what I love most about the moment in the club: that we all feel really, really, really connected and that means we all support each other.

“We know we do it for the people, but we do it for ourselves as well and the people do exactly the same, they do it for themselves but for us as well. Let’s just try to perform on a world-class level in the stands and on the pitch.”

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