Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino rejected claims that his team struggled against nine-men Tottenham on Monday.
Chelsea defeated 9-man Tottenham in a thrilling Premier League match in north London on Monday night. Nicolas Jackson scored three times after Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie red cards in a game where five goals were ruled out.
After the match against Tottenham, Pochettino insisted that Chelsea were in control and did not struggle against nine-man team.
Pochettino told reporters: “I think you are wrong. If you watch Tottenham versus Liverpool, they (Spurs) scored in the last minute. It’s never easy [against a team with] two players sent off. It’s difficult now to talk about tactics but most important is the 4-1 win and three points. I think we deserved to win. We forced them to make too many mistakes. Tottenham was better in the first 15 minutes and then I think we bossed the game, our performance was good and forced them into making mistakes. If you look at everything you could see during the game, I think it was fair. It could be an important three points for us, to help us now start to push up the table.”
Chelsea’s new striker Nicolas Jackson had scored just two goals in the Premier League before his hat-trick on Monday.
“I am happy for him because we know that when strikers don’t score, they suffer,” Pochettino said. “So that is for people to think. He is really young, arrived to the club this summer, and it’s not easy to play for Chelsea. It’s the history, about winning, lifting trophies. That’s why as a coaching staff we need to provide the tools and be calm with the way we assess things. The confidence is there and I am so happy for him because he deserves the boost.”
Chelsea will host Manchester City in the Premier League on Sunday.