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Pochettino: I would have booed Chelsea to if I were a fan

Mauricio Pochettino expressed his understanding of the Chelsea fans’ frustrations, stating that he would have joined in with the jeering if he were a supporter.

During Saturday’s 2-2 draw at the Gtech Stadium, Pochettino had to manage without eight squad members. The away fans voiced their disappointment as the team squandered a first-half lead, narrowly avoiding their 11th Premier League loss of the season with a late Axel Disasi goal.

The injury list continues to grow for Pochettino’s side, with Ben Chilwell undergoing specialist treatment for a knee issue and Levi Colwill nursing a toe injury, both of whom are unlikely to feature in Monday’s game against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

However, the absence of Conor Gallagher poses the greatest concern for Pochettino. Gallagher, one of the team’s most consistent performers this season, has been unable to train since the Brentford game due to a virus.

“He’s not here the last three days,” said Pochettino of the 24-year-old. “We’ll see if Saturday or tomorrow he has the possibility to train.

“The problem with these situations is you lose weight and energy is down, and you need time to recover. We need to assess him in the next few days.”

Pochettino has consistently highlighted the impact of injuries on his team’s progress since assuming the managerial role in July.

Rarely has he had fewer than seven players available, and he could be without as many as 10 for the upcoming match against Eddie Howe’s side.

Recurring injuries have been a source of frustration for the 52-year-old, with players like Chilwell, Reece James, Christopher Nkunku, and Romeo Lavia experiencing multiple extended spells on the sidelines. Additionally, Wesley Fofana is expected to miss the entire season due to injury.

Gallagher’s absence will be particularly noticeable, given his influential role in nearly every game under Pochettino’s management.

Pochettino: We need our fans

While Pochettino understands the fans’ frustration and acknowledges the booing against Brentford, he believes that circumstances beyond their control have hindered the team’s chances of success this season.

“We need our fans,” he said. “I hope they will be behind us on Monday. It’s so, so important to our players.

“But we need to accept that it’s football. They are frustrated. Maybe if I was a fan in the stand I would behave the same way as them.

“If you want to be consistent and you want to fight for big things, you need to be consistent. How? With the full squad, keeping the ideas, improving in training, with the capacity to train every single day.

“When that’s not there, we can manage circumstance, but in the end, we are only managing circumstance. We will never have the capacity to have the full squad to compete between each other.

“When you suffer too many negative things, like now we lose three players after Saturday (injured), that is not about the quality of the coaching staff, or the capacity to play more offensive or defensive. It’s about the circumstances.

“People want to understand? Perfect. They don’t want to understand, what can we do?”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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