Mauricio Pochettino has asked Chelsea to give him more time after his team’s latest defeat in the Premier League.
Pochettino is under pressure after recent humiliating defeats against Liverpool and Wolves in the Premier League. Chelsea is in 11th place in the table after suffering their 10th defeat against Wolves last Sunday.
Ahead of Wednesday’s FA Cup clash with Aston Villa, Pochettino claimed Chelsea need to give him more time, just like Manchester City and Liverpool supported Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp.
Pochettino said: “We always need time and we are building from zero. Sometimes it looks like you move forward, but sometimes you need to go back because some problems appear. You should think it is going to be good, but after it, it is maybe better to go for [something else]. It always takes time. Look at the project of Manchester City or Liverpool. It’s always about time, It’s about time and about a very clear leadership like Pep or Jurgen. It’s so clear from there you build all these projects.
“I always told you the reality from the beginning, we were not playing with too many players because they were injured. Now they have returned and look what happened after 70, 75 minutes in the last game. We have [Ben Chilwell] and Malo Gusto; they were injured, Chilly for a long period, Malo for a shorter period than Chilly but also injured – 70 minutes, and they have cramp.”
He added: “At the end, important players need time. We were not lucky. Maybe other teams with different projects perform better than us. But it’s difficult to explain and justify all the situations that happen in our club. If you are clever, analyse the situation, and you will see sometimes, in some games, we show this lack of energy that you need to win. If you sometimes miss the energy in the Premier League, it is a tough situation for you.
“To be focused on playing football, you need to be free in your mind. You can’t be affected because of the stock market in New York or Tokyo, or the weather in I don’t know where because the farms cannot grow the cereals. That is why I keep my hair like this. It’s because I do not suffer for things that I am not in charge of. I only suffer for sport, for football, to try to improve the players, to give them good things. A good platform to win games. If there is no rain at my farm, I cannot grow the crops. You kill the business of my family on the farm and they need money. That is stress. With that, you can lose your hair. But I cannot lose my hair because the opponent was better than us.”