Mauricio Pochettino the head coach / manager of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Man City and Chelsea FC at Etihad Stadium on February 17, 2024 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino.
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Pochettino explains why Chelsea are ‘completely different’

Mauricio Pochettino believes Chelsea is a “completely different” project to the previous era – and has hit out at those who refuse to recognise that fact. 

The Blues was speaking after a 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on Monday night, one of the side’s better performances this season.

The west London outfit have failed to impress this term as they sit 11th in the Premier League table after 27 games, despite spending over £435 million on transfers in the summer.

 

Although Chelsea are a team in transition, Pochettino has suggested that there is too much hysteria surrounding the side’s defeats, predicting that “it’s going to be again a problem” the next time they lose a match.

“We need to understand that we are Chelsea,” the Argentine said after the final whistle. “We are in a project that is completely different (to the past). Some people might be confused. When people don’t want to listen, it’s difficult.

“But we are trying to explain we are a different Chelsea, we are building something different. It’s going to be tough.

 

“We need to keep believing, even when it’s tough circumstances. We played (the Carabao Cup) final, 120 minutes, then after three days we play the FA Cup and we play Brentford. In six days we played three very tough games, nearly with the same team.

“It was really tough. If that means we are a disaster, okay. The most important thing is it’s not affecting the team. They know what they need to do and we keep believing.

“The win today is important for our fans to be a little bit more calm. But I think if we don’t win our next game, it’s going to be again a problem. That is Chelsea.”

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