Chelsea 4:4 Man City: Mauricio Pochettino snubs Pep Guardiola, rushes to confront ref at full time

Chelsea 4:4 Man City: Mauricio Pochettino snubs Pep Guardiola, rushes to confront ref at full time

Rene Otinga
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino stormed the pitch to confront the referee after Chelsea’s game against Man City
  • The two sides played out an entertaining 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge
  • Cole Palmer’s stoppage time penalty ensured the two teams shared the spoils

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino had some words for referee Anthony Taylor after Chelsea’s 4-4 draw against Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, November 12.

In what was easily the game of the season, both teams produced an attacking masterclass, with neither side able to get the better of the other at full time.

Manchester City thought they had stolen all three points when after Rodri found the net through a shot that deflected off Thiago Silva.

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Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Chelsea, argues with referee Anthony Taylor resulting in a yellow card after the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on November 12, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images
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But Chelsea, who had shown impressive resilience and stubbornness throughout the game, found an equalizer through Cole Palmer, a £40m summer signing from Manchester City.

Palmer scored from the penalty spot in the dying stages of the game after Ruben Dias was penalized for a foul on Armando Broja in the box.

Pochettino snubs Pep Guardiola

Despite his side being thoroughly impressive and salvaging a draw, Pochettino did not appear satisfied at full-time as he stormed to the pitch to confront referee Anthony Taylor.

According to @Eurofoot on X, the Chelsea boss snubbed a handshake from his opposite number, Guardiola, and was more intent on engaging the match officials at full time.

Pochettino was seemingly upset Chelsea was on the ascendancy with an attack when the full-time whistle was blown.

How the game went

As cited on BBC, Manchester City initially took the lead through Erling Haaland’s contentions penalty after Marc Cucurella was adjudged to have pulled down the Norwegian.

Four minutes later, Chelsea drew level as Thiago Silva glanced Conor Gallagher’s cross.

Raheem Sterling then scored against his former side as he turned in Reece James’ cross to capitalize on a mistake by Josko Gvardiol.

Manchester City is not a team that trails for too long, and this proved to be the case in the first half as they drew level through Manuel Akanji.

Haaland was on target with his second goal two minutes after the break as he bundled in Julian Alvarez’s cross.

But Chelsea refused to go away and deservedly restored parity as Nicolas Jackson connected with Gallagher’s low drive to set up an interesting final quarter of the match.

Late on, Manchester City thought they had won it through Rodri’s fortunate strike, but the late penalty drama rounded off a breath-taking game of football.

Speaking after the game, Pochettino addressed his failure to shake Guardiola's hand, saying:

"I need to apologise to Anthony [Taylor] and the officials. I deserve to be booked. I apologise, this type of behaviour [at full-time] is no good. I want to apologise to Pep [Guardiola] also, I was focused on the action."

Guardiola also played down the incident as he refused to make a big deal out of it.

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