Mauricio Pochettino has rejected options he stated Chelsea’s gamers should not ok, claiming his phrases following Sunday’s defeat by Wolves have been taken out of context.
Immediately after the 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge that left his workforce within the backside half of the Premier League desk, the Argentinian appeared to say he didn’t have the squad to considerably treatment the membership’s plight.
Chelsea have been booed off at half-time and once more on the remaining whistle, with audible anger directed in opposition to each the gamers and Pochettino personally, whereas the title of former proprietor Roman Abramovich is also heard being sung.
A visibly emotional Pochettino stated on the time he understood supporters’ fury within the aftermath of a tenth league defeat within the 23 video games of his tenure, and intimated neither he nor the workforce have been ok this season.
He has now, earlier than Wednesday’s FA Cup replay at Aston Villa, moved to make clear his place, criticising studies which he felt intentionally took his phrases not within the spirit wherein they have been meant.
“Now (when) I’m watching TV and media, some guys take advantage of some situations to take my words out of context,” he stated. “That question came from my post-match press conference – are the players good enough to be in the top four or top six? I said, ‘today, we were not good enough, and me the first’.
“Then they said, ‘Pochettino said the players aren’t good enough’. What? It’s taking it out of context, my words. In that game, we were not good enough. I don’t want to hide the reality.
“Be careful. Some people take advantage, when we lose a game, to say things that never appeared in my mouth. That upset me a little bit.
“The most difficult thing is to explain to my wife. ‘Why did you say the players are not good enough?’ I never said that. You know what I had to do last time? To show her the press conference. That is not a joke. It is the reality we live in.”
Pochettino additionally defended Ben Chilwell, who captained the facet in Sunday’s defeat, after he appeared to counsel in a post-match interview that Wolves had proven extra need for the victory than Chelsea.
The defender advised Sky Sports: “I think they probably showed that they wanted it more than us.”
However, Pochettino contested that Chilwell meant to query his team-mates’ will to win.
“He said, ‘we didn’t win the 50-50 duels’. That was my interpretation. The result we suffered against Wolves, we are Chelsea and everything is bigger than normal. I was talking with him and it was never his intention to say we didn’t show desire.”
Pochettino added that Thiago Silva had met with him privately to debate a submit despatched by the defender’s spouse on social media on Sunday that appeared to name for the supervisor to be sacked.
“He came today to talk with me. I’m not going to talk about (what we said). He came and wanted to talk with me.
“That was private. That’s it.”