Mauricio Pochettino pre-Aston Villa vs Chelsea press conference


Mauricio Pochettino:

“Very disappointed because the way we lost the game [vs Wolves], the way that we performed wasn’t the plan, the way we wanted to compete. But we need to keep going, we cannot lose focus after two defeats.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“I want to clarify. ‘Are the players good enough to be in the top four, six’? I said today we are not good enough. [It was said] Pochettino said the players aren’t good enough. No. Out of context. Today [vs Wolves] we are not good enough [for top four/six].”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“When the expectation is different to the reality, it’s difficult. When we lost to Liverpool, it was ‘massive fail, #Chelsea are so bad’. When Liverpool lost to Arsenal, I heard nothing – it was a similar result.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“We need the support, of course, we are demanding the support to the team, players. I know the quality of the players. It takes time to build a team. It’s the reality. The fans need to be patient. We need to find a way to succeed.”


Mauricio Pochettino:

“We are altogether in this [the hierarchy]. That is the most important. They are in contact with me, everyday.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“The fans need to see that we care. I promise to every fan that the players want to win games. The players suffer a lot, they feel the responsibility. They are desperate to feel the love. But they understand the situation.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“It’s a tough job. It’s a difficult job. But at the same time, it’s an exciting project. Knowing it’s difficult, in this type of moment we are living in a situation that is not nice, we can learn. It’s a good opportunity to learn.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“I told the players today in the meeting that I trust in you more than ever. I will support you more than ever. I am not a normal boss, I am the leader. I need to reflect in every action that I really trust.”

Mauricio Pochettino on Thiago Silva:

“He came today to talk with me [about social media post]. I’m not going to talk about the way we spoke. He came and wanted to talk with me. Of course, you know me, we are really strong coaching staff. We talked. That was private, that’s it.”

Mauricio Pochettino on Thiago Silva:

“It’s good, very good [the relationship I have with him]. I think so. It’s always been good from the beginning. You can see my press conferences and interview the way I always talk about him.”


Mauricio Pochettino:

“We are #Chelsea, everything is always bigger. I was talking with Chilly, it was never the intention to say the team didn’t show desire. The effort was there. I will not complain about the attitude, it’s always good.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“Another wrong. When you listen, Chilly never said that [about #Chelsea lacking desire vs Wolves]. He said we didn’t win the duels when 50-50. That was my interpretation. The result we suffered, happened.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“Always it takes time. Look at the project of Manchester City or Liverpool. It’s always about time and a very clear leadership like Pep [Guardiola] or Jurgen [Klopp]. It’s so clear from there you build these projects.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“We need time and people need to understand why we need time. It’s about creating a team. It’s like building a house. You need to be sure of all the steps you take. We are building from zero. Always it takes time.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“If you are clever, analyse the situation, and you will see sometimes, in some games, we show this lack of energy that you need to win. If you sometimes miss the energy in the Premier League, it is a tough situation for you.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“At the end, important players need time [to recover from injuries]. We were not lucky. Maybe other teams with different projects perform better than us. But it’s difficult to explain and justify all the situations that happen…”

Unai Emery on Mauricio Pochettino:

“His team at #Chelsea are getting better. This season is a little bit difficult but I believe in his work and his progress. He is an experienced coach and all coaches are in trouble and under pressure at some time or other…”


Mauricio Pochettino:

“You can compare to try to damage, if you want to make a problem. But to analyse and put all the circumstances, I don’t think that before was better or was worse. It’s difficult to compare because we are in another project.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“I didn’t finish 12th last year, #Chelsea did. It is a different squad to last year, many changes. If you want to compare to damage us, to compare things I think is impossible.”

Mauricio Pochettino:

“If there is no rain at my farm, I can’t grow the crops. You kill the business of my family on the farm… That is stress. With that, you can lose your hair. But I can’t lose my hair because the opponent was better than us…”

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