Mauricio Pochettino warned his Chelsea gamers they have to be “clever” in taking part in with out VAR once they meet Middlesbrough in Tuesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on the Riverside.
Stadiums outdoors of the Premier League are usually not fitted with the know-how required for the video assistant referee and so Pochettino’s aspect will tackle Championship Boro with solely the on-field officers in place.
Chelsea took half in maybe VAR’s most controversial fixture this season once they gained 4-1 at Tottenham in November, a recreation that featured 9 video interventions together with 5 disallowed objectives and two crimson playing cards proven to Spurs gamers.
There have been a complete of 21 minutes of time added on, regardless of the ball solely really being in play for 43 per cent of the match.
It will probably be a special proposition for the group on Teesside. Chelsea have the youngest squad within the league this season with a median age of simply over 23, a lot of whom turned skilled across the time of the widespread implementation of VAR by Europe’s top-flight leagues in 2018.
Pochettino stated his gamers should put together to be cautious within the face of unfamiliar circumstances.
“There’s no VAR,” he stated. “That is a thing we need to be careful of. Our normal attitude is to play with VAR. We need to be cautious of that.
“We need to be in a different way in our approach. We need to change. Now, it’s just the referee that is going to decide, we need to be cautious.
“It’s a different game whether you play with or without VAR. I don’t say it’s better or worse, but it’s a different game. We need to be clever in this way.”
Chelsea wish to put one foot into their first main closing since they gained the World Club Cup in 2021, months after lifting the Champions League trophy in Porto.
They face a Boro aspect – managed by former Manchester United and England midfielder Michael Carrick – at present twelfth within the Championship, having misplaced 1-0 at dwelling to Aston Villa within the FA Cup on Saturday.
“To spend all our energy (on Tuesday) is the most important thing,” stated Pochettino.
“Not to go there and think ‘OK, we have the second leg after to play just in case (we lose)’.
“No, (Tuesday) is the most important game and we need to come back afterwards with a victory and to finish at Stamford Bridge.
“It’s going to be tough. The game against Aston Villa, they lost but they could have won. It’s a good team with great ideas. It’s true they’ve changed their system.
“They played the season in a 4-2-3-1. We know they can use this or a different system. They have good players, a good coach. It’s going to be tough.”
Pochettino will probably be with out Christopher Nkunku – who’s out with a hip harm – and Nicolas Jackson, away representing Senegal on the Africa Cup of Nations, which means one other begin is probably going for Armando Broja after his aim within the 4-0 cup win over Preston on Saturday.