Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, looks on prior to the Premier League match between Luton Town and Chelsea FC at Kenilworth Road on December 30, 2023 in Luton, England.
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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Pochettino ‘so happy’ with Chelsea players despite disappointing campaign

Mauricio Pochettino says he takes responsibility for Chelsea’s poor results this season, but is nonetheless pleased with how his side has performed. 

The Blues managed to snatch a draw against Brentford in the Premier League at the weekend thanks to a late Axel Disasi equaliser. Nicolas Jackson had given the hosts the lead at Stamford Bridge, before Mads Roerslev and Yoane Wissa put the Bees ahead.

The game saw Chelsea fans turn on the Argentine coach while calling for the return of Jose Mourinho as the club sits 11th in the table after 26 games.

 

Pochettino has attempted to deflect blame away from the players as his job comes under increasing pressure.

“I think the performances have been very good, I’m so happy with the performances”, said Pochettino.

Asked whether that is his message to any disgruntled fans, he replied: “Yes, and if they want to listen, perfect. If not, what can I do? They’ll keep booing. I’m giving my best to this team.

 

“But we cannot blame the fans. My message is: Okay, they need to show their frustration – through who? I prefer to me rather than to the team. I prefer that, I am strong. I am sure that in time we will change the perception.

“I don’t want the fans trying to blame the players. Players need to feel backed by the fans and, to be honest, I prefer that I get the blame and let the players be free on the pitch. I don’t care. I am strong, I am 52 now.

“The players deserve credit and support from our fans. If someone needs to get the blame, that is no problem. That is why I am the coach.”

Read – Pochettino knows Chelsea fans don’t love him

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