Mauricio Pochettino thanks Todd Boehly as Chelsea owner responds to furious fans | Football | Sport

“We just need to let the process develop and give them the time to go from being unbelievable individual players with great skills to fold into a team,” the 50-year-old told Forbes. “The good news is people care so much.

“And the bad news is people care so much. That leads to times when they’re frustrated with the team and the owners. I get that, but we just have to continue to stay the course.”

In his pre-match press conference ahead of a crucial clash with Manchester United on Thursday, Pochettino was pressed on the comments of his boss. And he responded by thanking him for the ‘support’ amid a period where the Argentinian has himself faced calls from fans to leave.

“I never talk about my owners, nothing to say about that,” he replied. “They are entitled to talk in the way they want, that is why they are the owners of the club. Thank you to show the trust and support.”

Chelsea host United lying 12th in the Premier League table, with their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season all but already over. Having lost the Carabao Cup final to a youthful Liverpool side, the Blues do have an FA Cup semi-final clash with Man City to come at Wembley.

But Pochettino also defended his under-fire squad, arguing they have not had the results their performances might have merited in the 2023/24 campaign. “We are behind [league matches played] because we were involved in the competitions like the Carabao Cup and FA Cup until the end,” he said.

“The process and the evolution of the team [is positive]. We are the youngest team in the top five best leagues in Europe. With all the circumstance, we didn’t get the result we deserved. That is the process.”

Following their game with the Red Devils, Chelsea go to struggling Sheffield United on Sunday. That’s followed by the visit of Everton before their season-defining FA Cup clash on April 20.

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