Pochettino has blamed his team poor performance against Aston Villa

We beat Boro three days ago: Pochettino reveals one area his players impressed him in Aston Villa draw

Mauricio Pochettino has blamed poor finishing for Chelsea’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.

Nevertheless, the Chelsea players did a good job and showed high energy levels against Villa, despite having played just three days ago, compared to Villa who had nearly two weeks to rest and prepare for the game.

Despite creating some great opportunities, Chelsea failed to score from any of them, and Pochettino has now given an explanation for his side’s display.

“I think it was a very good game, I think we dominated more of the beginning. Then in the second half, after 70 minutes, we start to drop our energy because we played three days ago, and of course that is a massive difference,” Pochettino said after the game, as quoted by the BBC.

“When we were with the full energy we were the better side. Now is to think about the replay and of course move on and try to recover the players for the next game.

“I am so happy with the performance of the whole team, I think the performance was good we just weren’t clinical enough. For them to face a team like Aston Villa who are doing fantastic in the Premier League and are in the top four, I think it’s a very good signal that we are improving.

“Of course we wanted to win. We were not clinical enough. But we created chances and we need to keep believing and now we move on.”

The Blues now have to face a replay with Villa at Villa Park in the coming days, which probably makes the task of reaching the fifth round of the tournament harder. But it definitely could have been a different story if the players actually went on the pitch with their shooting boots.

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