Mauricio Pochettino, watching from the stands due to a touchline ban, expressed his disappointment with Chelsea’s performance in the 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Despite Raheem Sterling’s equalizer after Alexander Isak’s early goal for Newcastle, the Blues were unable to maintain control.
Pochettino labeled it as Chelsea’s worst game of the season and criticized the team’s lack of intensity and energy. He highlighted the missed opportunity to force Newcastle to play deep after leveling the score at 1-1. Pochettino acknowledged the young team’s need to face such situations for learning and development.
In the post-match press conference, Pochettino emphasized the disappointment with the team’s performance, stating that they needed to apply pressure on Newcastle but made it too easy for the opposition to seize control. The manager expressed frustration with both the result and the overall display, calling it Chelsea’s worst performance of the season.
Looking ahead, Pochettino emphasized the need for the team to understand the required level of competition and learn from the situation. Despite the setback, he conveyed the determination to change the dynamic and address the issues that contributed to the disappointing performance.