'Who said that?' - Pochettino reacts to European spot ultimatum

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'Who said that?' - Pochettino reacts to European spot ultimatum

Stephen Oladehinde 16:49 - 28.02.2024

In the wake of a challenging period for Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino stands firm in his belief in the backing he receives from the club's hierarchy, despite the swirling rumours regarding his tenure.

Following a narrow defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final, which Gary Neville scathingly dubbed a result of Chelsea being “£1billion bottle jobs,” the Argentine has found himself under intense scrutiny.

Yet, as Chelsea languishes in the 11th spot in the Premier League, the narrative around Stamford Bridge is one of resilience and defiance, led by Pochettino’s unwavering confidence in his project and the support from the club's owners.

Pochettino's Unwavering Belief in Chelsea Project

"Why not? I am confident," declared Mauricio Pochettino, as reported by the Standard, in the face of inquiries about his future at Chelsea.

The former Spurs manager is under no illusions about the difficulty of his task, especially after a heart-wrenching defeat in the Carabao Cup final and the club's struggle for a spot in European competitions.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino || Credit: imago
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino || Credit: imago

However, his belief in the support system at Chelsea, including the backing from owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, remains unshaken.

"Until they decide to tell me something else. But at the moment, I don’t think they are going to tell me anything different,” he added, emphasizing his focus on the long-term vision for the club.

The Road Ahead: Challenges and Aspirations

As Chelsea gears up for a critical FA Cup clash against Championship side Leeds, Pochettino's sights are set on more than just immediate victories.

Pochettino on rumours about European spot crucial to stay as Chelsea manager, as reported by Fabrizio, “Who said that?”. “Is that being said by the sporting directors and the owners? No. I don’t remember, I don’t”.

Pochettino’s approach extends beyond the pitch; he values strong relationships with Chelsea’s power duo, Boehly and Eghbali, and sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

By sharing his "reality, his truth," he aims to foster a deep understanding of his vision among the club's leadership. Reflecting on his emotional journey, especially after the Carabao Cup final, Pochettino shared, “I feel the support from them. I cannot lie to you. When I went up the steps at Wembley, I was so upset that I was nearly crying.”

In moments of defeat and vulnerability, the support from Chelsea's hierarchy has been palpable for Pochettino. He recounted a poignant moment of solidarity at Wembley, saying, "But when I saw Behdad, I saw Todd, and I shook hands with both of them, one of them with one hand, the other with my other hand."