Mauricio Pochettino confident he retains Chelsea owners’ backing after cup loss

Mauricio Pochettino Confident He Retains Chelsea Owners’ Backing After Cup Loss
The under-fire Argentinian said he had supportive conversations with the club’s co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali after the cup final defeat. Photo: PA
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By Ed Elliot, PA

Mauricio Pochettino is confident he retains the backing of Chelsea’s owners but conceded his future was out of his hands after defeat in the Carabao Cup final increased scrutiny of his position.

The under-fire Argentinian said he had supportive conversations with the club’s co-owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali following Sunday’s 1-0 extra-time loss to Liverpool.


Defeat at Wembley sparked further criticism of Pochettino and his expensively-assembled squad – including scathing comments from Gary Neville – as they failed to overcome inexperienced rivals who were missing a host of star names.



Chelsea, who are languishing in 11th place in the Premier League and sit closer to the relegation zone than the top four, return to action on Wednesday evening at home to Championship club Leeds in the FA Cup fifth round.

“I said hello to the owners when I saw them in the stadium and after (the final) I met Behdad and we were talking,” said Blues boss Pochettino, who has lost forward Christopher Nkunku to another injury.

“We were sharing our opinions about the game and the opportunity we missed to win a trophy because I think we played really well during the 90 minutes.

“We created the best chances, we were not clinical enough but that is what has happened since the beginning of the season.



“They (the owners) showed their support and after the game, Todd sent a nice message.”

Asked if he would be given time to turn things around, Pochettino replied: “It’s not in my hands. We have a very good relationship with the owners, with the sporting director.

“It’s up to them to trust or not. It’s not the coach’s decision.”


Sky Sports pundit Neville labelled Chelsea “blue billion pound bottle jobs” following their cup final failure.

Pochettino believes the criticism is unfair but insists he respects the opinions of the media and former professionals.

The 51-year-old has been encouraged by the response of his under-performing players as they seek to keep alive their last chance of lifting silverware this season.

“I think we are all tired because always when you lose a final, it’s not easy to recover,” he said.

“But I am so happy because they are really focused and they move forward.

“If you ask all the players if they want to be involved tomorrow in the game, they spoke revenge.

“Of course (I am) disappointed because we cannot win the Carabao Cup but we need to move on because we need to compete tomorrow.

“It wasn’t difficult (to lift the players) because we cannot wait. Now we need to get the spirits up and move on and be ready for tomorrow because it’s another competition where we want to go until the end.”

Christopher Nkunku (left) in action for Chelsea
Christopher Nkunku (left) is sidelined for Chelsea (Nick Potts/PA)

France international Nkunku, who missed Chelsea’s first 17 top-flight fixtures this term due to a knee issue, is set for up to a month on the sidelines with an unspecified injury sustained at the weekend.

“We need to see and evaluate every day but at the moment, it’s three or four weeks maybe he’s out, we hope no more,” Pochettino said of the 26-year-old summer signing from RB Leipzig.

Marc Cucurella, Thiago Silva, Benoit Badiashile, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, Reece James, Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu will also be absent for Leeds’ visit to Stamford Bridge.

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