Ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup tie against Preston, Pochettino has been speaking to the media delivering his latest team news and other insight.
One piece of insight the Chelsea coach gave the media today was how important the two domestic competitions are for his side this season.
With league form fluctuating, the blues currently find themselves outside of the European places but winning a domestic trophy can deliver the equivalent of a 6th, 7th or even a 8th place league finish.
Winning the FA Cup gives you a group stage entry into the Europa League whereas a Carabao Cup victory gives you qualification to the Europa Conference League qualifying stages.
Pochettino told the media; “It’s a really important competition for us because we are not involved in the European competition and of course in the Premier League we are in a position that we need to grow and to improve a lot if we want to play in the [European] competition next season. But if through the FA Cup or Carabao Cup we can achieve to play next season in Europe.”
Pochettino will be hoping the clubs backdoor entry into Europe can continue tomorrow.
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