Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is proud of his players after beating Brighton with 10 men.
Enzo Fernandez scored twice as ten-man Chelsea held on to get a vital 3-2 home win over Brighton. Captain Conor Gallagher was sent off late in the first half.
This was just their second Premier League win in around two months. The Blues are in tenth place in the table with 19 points after 14 matches.
Pochettino: We need to improve, we need to learn
“It wasn’t a sending off,” said Pochettino after the match against Brighton. “That is my opinion. Maybe I am wrong. This type of period where you are building something, it always happens. We are a young team. I want to clarify – not we are young players, we are a young team.
“We need to improve, we need to learn. The Premier League is the best in the world. We have too many players that need to feel what it means to play in the Premier League. We were a little bit more aggressive after Newcastle where we didn’t show our real face.“
He added: “We wanted to play well, to be aggressive and show we care. I think the team was really good, I feel proud. After Newcastle it was tough, and a team like Brighton is always difficult to play.
“I am so proud of the players and the character that they showed. I told them at half-time, ‘it’s 2-1 to us, it’s a great opportunity for us – now we need to show that we are a team’.”
Pochettino also said his young players like Mykhailo Mudryk need more time before they can show their full potential on the pitch on the pitch.
“It’s not only about building the way that you want to play, your philosophy on the pitch,” he said. “Before that, you need to belong to the team, you need to belong to the club, to settle yourself.
“You need to grow, need to get experience. Too many things before you can talk about playing from the back, or play with three or four offensive players, or with three or five at the back. That comes in after.”