- Poch did not shake Guardiola’s hand
- Instead chose to confront the referee
- Had to be restrained by Chelsea staff
Amidst a chaotic game that saw eight goals scored, Mauricio Pochettino appeared to fume at referee Anthony Taylor’s decision to blow the full-time whistle after Marc Cucurella had regained possession on the halfway line. While it is customary for both managers to shake hands after the final whistle, the Argentine instead stormed straight onto the pitch, and had to be restrained by Chelsea staff members.
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Pochettino had seen his Chelsea side bounce back from going a goal down on three separate occasions, with Cole Palmer’s 95th-minute penalty ultimately rescuing a point. It comes after Monday’s wild 4-1 win over Tottenham, and the results leave the Blues 10th going into the international break, while City are back on top, with a one-point lead over second-placed Liverpool.
WHAT THEY SAID
When asked about the handshake snub after the game, Guardiola replied: “It’s completely fine. It’s emotion. I don’t want to make a thing about it.”
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Chelsea play Newcastle after the international break, while City play Liverpool, in two heavyweight clashes that could go a long way to deciding how wins the title and who finishes in the top four.
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