Madueke’s concise message hints at Chelsea Cup interest for Pochettino
Noni Madueke has sent Mauricio Pochettino a two-word message ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Middlesbrough. The Championship outfit will welcome the Blues to the Riverside Stadium on Tuesday night for the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final.
Chelsea head into the clash following an impressive 4-0 win over Preston North End in the FA Cup Third Round, thanks to goals from Armando Broja, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Enzo Fernandez. After a slow start at Stamford Bridge at the weekend, the west Londoners eventually shifted into gear when Madueke was introduced.
The England Under-21s international replaced Mykhailo Mudryk on the hour mark, shortly after the Blues had broken the deadlock. With half an hour still to play, Madueke grasped the opportunity to impress his manager with both hands, helping Chelsea book a place in the fourth round.
The 21-year-old winger will be hoping that his impressive performance will secure him a place in Pochettino’s starting lineup on Tuesday night. Taking to Instagram ahead of the Middlesbrough clash, Madueke posted an image of himself in training with the caption: “Readying up [face with steam from nose emoji].”
In an interview with Chelsea’s official website last week, Pochettino heaped tremendous praise on the Englishman. The Blues manager said: “We have spoken about players needing to improve and he is a player that has improved a lot. I am so happy with his behaviour and the way he has committed, first with himself and also with the other areas of the club.
“He has potential and talent, but it’s in the way he behaves and does things in the future that will help him succeed. It is an example that there is a platform for everyone, then it is about being right in their mind and being consistent in the way we propose they behave.
On Monday, when asked what it would mean to win the Carabao Cup this season, Pochettino said that the Blues have a good opportunity to get their hands on some silverware. The 51-year-old said: “If we go further, to win the competition is to give credit of course.
“People maybe think different than us and the process and project is different and we need to split with the result. But I understand of course, too many people can think this way. It’s important for Chelsea because the history is to win games and win trophies and we have a good opportunity.
“We were talking today a lot with the players. It is first to think about performing tomorrow and we need to perform in the best way if we are going to reach the final. Then the second leg after.”