After a nine-year wait, Mauricio Pochettino has finally fulfilled the desire to reach an English cup final. However, merely participating in the upcoming Carabao Cup final won't satisfy the Chelsea head coach; he aims to secure victory.

Chelsea's resounding 6-1 victory in the second leg of the semifinals against Middlesbrough at Stamford Bridge solidified the Blues' presence in the Carabao Cup final, marking their first appearance since the defeat to Liverpool in 2022.

If they overcome Fulham in the second leg at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, Jurgen Klopp's team will once again be Chelsea's opponents on February 25th.

Liverpool are ahead with a 2-1 lead from the initial leg.

Despite Chelsea's frequent appearances in cup finals, both in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup over recent years, Mauricio Pochettino's inability to achieve comparable success during his 5½-year tenure at Tottenham has consistently worked against him.

Except for a Carabao Cup final loss to Jose Mourinho's Chelsea in 2015 and a UEFA Champions League final defeat against Liverpool in Madrid four years later, Mauricio Pochettino has a dismal track record in knockout competitions. This is excluding his Coupe de France triumph with Paris Saint-Germain in 2021.

During his time at Tottenham, Pochettino seldom conveyed a sense of prioritizing the domestic cup competitions.

In response to claims of his apparent lack of commitment to the cups, he argued that Spurs' main focus was securing Champions League qualification, whether by winning or securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.

In six Carabao Cup attempts with Spurs, they reached only one final, facing defeat against Chelsea. Additionally, in their five FA Cup campaigns, the pinnacle was reaching two losing semifinals.

At Tottenham, Pochettino had the luxury of selecting his priorities as the club lacked the financial resources and squad depth to contend on all four fronts. However, this is not the situation at Chelsea.