Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Breaks Silence After Raheem Sterling Boo, Calls for Support

Chelsea Boss Mauricio Pochettino Breaks Silence After Raheem Sterling Boo, Calls for Support

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at March 17, 2024 at 4:45 PM
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  • Raheem Sterling endured a disappointing game for Chelsea
  • The 29-year-old was guilty of wasting scoring opportunities
  • Fans eventually booed Sterling after he was subbed off

Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has come to the defence of Raheem Sterling following the player's recent booing by fans during their FA Cup quarter-final encounter with Leicester City.

Despite Chelsea's successful advancement to the semi-finals of the prestigious football tournament, some Blues supporters expressed discontent and directed their frustration towards Sterling.

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Mauricio Pochettino has called on Chelsea fans to support Raheem Sterling. Photos by Marc Atkins and Jacques Feeney/Offside.
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The 29-year-old, who has had a challenging relationship with Chelsea's fanbase, faced criticism, notably evident when he was substituted during Sunday's FA Cup match, prompting a chorus of jeers.

How Sterling's misses prompted boos?

Sterling, who has contributed eight goals and 10 assists across all competitions, according to Transfermarkt, had moments of disappointment during the game.

He notably missed a penalty in the 26th minute after Marc Cucurella's early goal for the Londoners and failed to capitalise on a one-on-one opportunity with the Leicester goalkeeper.

However, the former Manchester City forward did play a significant role in setting up Cole Palmer for his side's second goal just before halftime.

He was substituted later in the game, with his replacement, Noni Madueke, going on to score the icing on the cake as the Blues rallied to beat 10-man Leicester 4-2.

Pochettino defends Sterling, calls for support

Pochettino was swift to defend Sterling after the match, praising the forward as "amazing" and appealing for support from the fans.

“We need to support him. He's an amazing player. He has more than 10 years of Premier League experience,” he said as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

The 52-year-old also promptly praised the England international's overall performance, implying that the former City star had simply been unlucky.

“The contribution was good. He was a little bit unlucky with some actions, but we are a team, and we need to be there for everyone.”

4 reasons why Chelsea fans 'detest' Pochettino

Meanwhile, the fans directed chants of "You don't know what you're doing" at manager Mauricio Pochettino due to the team's performance in the second half despite having a numerical advantage.

Sports Brief delves into four reasons why the fans 'detest' their own manager.

Among these reasons, misjudging player roles and poor in-game management have garnered criticism for the former Tottenham Hotspur boss, who still appeals for backing and understanding from the supporters.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.