Following a humorous occasion in which Newcastle distracted him, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino apologizes.
Newcastle United secured a spot in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, setting up an intriguing clash with Chelsea, after a remarkable 3-0 victory over Manchester United. Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea’s manager, couldn’t help but take notice of this impressive win even before the draw paired his team with the Magpies in the quarter-finals.
Similar to how Jurgen Klopp reacted when he saw the scoreline on a television screen in the press room at the Vitality Stadium following Liverpool’s victory against Bournemouth, Pochettino’s attention was immediately drawn to the events unfolding in the North West after Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Blackburn Rovers. Pochettino was in the middle of discussing the psychological impact of captain Reece James’ return during his post-match press conference at Stamford Bridge when he caught sight of the jubilant scenes following Newcastle’s 3-0 triumph over Manchester United.
When he was asked if he had been watching the draw for the quarter-finals, Pochettino apologized and explained that they had just finished the game at Old Trafford. A few minutes later, Chelsea was drawn against Newcastle in the next round, underscoring the significance of this upcoming match at Stamford Bridge next month for both teams.
Pochettino emphasized the importance of the Carabao Cup for Chelsea, noting that since they are not in European competition, it should be a priority alongside the Premier League, and they are determined to compete with the goal of winning the tournament.
On the other side, Eddie Howe, the Newcastle manager, had a different perspective, focusing on taking each game as it comes. He expressed the team’s determination to perform well in every match, and their preparation and team selection reflected their commitment to winning. Their next challenge is against Arsenal, and their approach is to maintain consistency in their performance with the goal of achieving success.