Pochettino speaks to angry Chelsea fans after 4-2 defeat to Wolves
Mauricio Pochettino has issued an apology to angry Chelsea fans, following his side’s defeat to Wolves on Sunday afternoon.
The Blues slipped down to 11th on the Premier League table, and now find themselves 15 points behind Aston Villa, after suffering a 4-2 loss against Wolves at Stamford Bridge.
Cole Palmer opened the scoring for Chelsea after 19 minutes, before a Matheus Cunha strike— and an Axel Disasi own goal made it 2-1 in favour of the visitors, who went into half-time with a slender lead.
Cunha then scored two more goals in the second half to make it 4-1, and completely take the game beyond salvation for Chelsea, despite Thiago Silva striking late-on to make the scoreline less embarrassing for the home side.
Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge were in utter disbelief of what they saw from their team, and most of them made their feelings abundantly clear by booing the players with each chance they got, especially Raheem Sterling.
The fans also sang for former Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, who was forced to sell off the club to Clearlake Capital and Todd Boehly by the UK government two years ago. And after the game, Pochettino tendered an apology to the supporters, while urging them to continue showing up for the his side.
“What we can say, apologise to the fans,” said Pochettino.
“The perception is one thing and the reality is another. The perception is that Chelsea should be in a different position but the circumstance, we are not there. One maybe we are not good enough.
“It’s the most important [thing] now to feel the responsibility and of course the organisation and the players that we have. To understand the fans is really important.
“We want to apologise. We are disappointed like them but until the end, you need to fight together and of course we want to take good results in the future.
“During the 90 minutes, you need to try and work together and in the end, they have the capacity and they will be right to criticise or be angry if the performance is not good.
“The players are young, they need support. I want to thank you [the fans] because until the end, they were supporting.
“I am a human. I am not a robot. Of course that is not a nice situation. But in football, you need to accept. When you are at a club like Chelsea with all the expectation, you need to accept that and I think that happened today.
“To be in this business, in this type of club, you need to be strong. We have the energy and the capacity to move on.
“Yes, of course, it’s not a nice moment but it’s always about to move on and convince the players and push the players to never give up, to be brave and recover from this kind of situation.
“The players need to feel the confidence, they need to believe again to compete again. The players want to deliver a very good show. Of course they feel the pressure from the fans in the 90 minutes.
“It’s easy to be sitting and watching the players play but when the stress arrives, sometimes it is not easy. Right now, we need to help them recover from the defeat.”