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Pochettino reveals ‘tough moment’ when he feared of getting sacked

Pochettino reveals 'tough moment' when he feared of getting sacked
  • Pochettino had a rough debut campaign at Chelsea
  • The fans had almost run out of patience
  • A miraculous turnaround could see them finish fifth

WHAT HAPPENED?

As the Premier League season draws to a close, Pochettino reflected on a turbulent journey marked by significant lows and remarkable comebacks. The Argentine manager went through a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the season and there were often fears of dismissal amidst fierce criticism from fans and critics.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

Pochettino revealed that he hit the lowest in February when they suffered a humiliating 4-2 defeat at home to Wolves. The loss was compounded by the fans’ frustration, manifesting in chants for former manager Jose Mourinho and boos that echoed through Stamford Bridge both at halftime and full-time. Adding to the public outcry, Thiago Silva’s wife, Belle, took to social media, calling for the dismissal of Pochettino stating, “It’s time to change. If you wait any longer it will be too late.”

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WHAT POCHETTINO SAID

In a candid reflection, Pochettino admitted that this period was particularly trying.

“I can be honest? After Wolves. Remember what happened after, also?” he recalled.

The emotional toll of that evening was evident as he described the sense of isolation he and his coaching staff felt.

“We were alone there after the game, waiting, for two hours,” he added.

“It was a long time after the game we were there, watching each other, the five coaching staff, in a very small room. We were more sad. It was an unfair situation that we didn’t deserve, but the result put us in a very difficult situation. The problem was the circumstances.”

DID YOU KNOW?

Despite a bleak start, Chelsea managed to turn their season around. With key players returning to fitness, Pochettino’s side began to show the resilience and quality expected of a club with their stature. This upturn in form has seen them climb the league table, and they now find themselves with an opportunity to finish as high as fifth place.

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When asked whether finishing fifth would constitute a successful season, Pochettino tempered his response with a mix of realism and ambition.

“We were talking this morning as a staff — it’s not enough for us,” he said. “We’re not going to celebrate and take a picture finishing fifth or sixth and Europe. It’s not enough for the club. It’s not enough for the owners, the sporting directors, or the players. But with all the circumstances, I feel satisfaction.”

WHAT NEXT FOR POCHETTINO?

The Chelsea board appears keen on retaining Pochettino for the upcoming season, recognising the progress made under his tenure. However, Pochettino has stipulated a crucial condition for his continued tenure: greater control over transfer decisions. However, in the short term, Pochettino is focused on ending the season on a high note with a victory against Bournemouth on Sunday. The three points could help them secure a Europa League spot, provided Tottenham falters against Sheffield United.

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