Cole Palmer releases message after Chelsea Carabao Cup final defeat

Chelsea star Cole Palmer has broken his silence for the first time since Sunday’s extra-time Carabao Cup final defeat to Liverpool. Virgil van Dijk’s 118th-minute header broke blue hearts in a tight affair at Wembley.

After being levelled 0-0 after 90 minutes, many would have fancied Mauricio Pochettino’s side to run out winners after Liverpool brought on three teenagers. The Blues recorded 19 shots with Conor Gallagher missing a golden opportunity in the dying minutes of normal time.

Extra-time presented Chelsea with the chance to win their first trophy under Todd Boehly’s ownership but there was no way past Reds goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Any hopes of winning the game on penalties were killed when Van Dijk’s front-post header broke the deadlock.

Questions over Pochettino and the Boehly and Clearlake Capital project will intensify over the next few days, especially after the head coach appeared to completely blank Boehly at full-time.

Reaction from the Chelsea players have been rather muted since the heartbreak at Wembley. However, Palmer has taken to his Instagram story with a brief message.

Posting alongside a picture of him posing a dejected figure at full-time, the forward wrote: “Pain *frustrated emoji* *sad face emoji* we’ll be back! thanks for the fans for the support *blue love heart emoji*.”

Pochettino was asked after the game about how he will go about picking up such a young squad after the Wembley setback. “Nothing, nothing, No,” he replied.

“They are professionals, they are very competitive and now we need to move forward, but they need to feel the pain. We play for a trophy and we didn’t get, and now it’s the same. Nothing you can tell me can make me feel better.

“They need to feel the pain like us. And of course to realise we need to work more, we need to do better things, we need to improve. To compete at this level against a team that is in the last six or seven years is competing for things.

“It’s about to arrive here first and then feel what it means to play for a big trophy. I remember after three or four years, Liverpool lost the Champions League, lost the Europa League, and they believe in the project and in the next season were stronger until they got what they wanted.

“That is a good example, Liverpool, if we want to challenge a team like Liverpool, it’s not to be frustrated today because we didn’t get the trophy. It’s about to take the example to keep believing, that is the most important thing.”

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