4 Reasons Chelsea Fans Turned On Mauricio Pochettino Despite FA Cup Win Over Leicester City

4 Reasons Chelsea Fans Turned On Mauricio Pochettino Despite FA Cup Win Over Leicester City

Elijah Odetokun
updated at March 17, 2024 at 9:17 PM
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  • Chelsea scored two late goals to beat Leicester City 4-2 in the FA Cup
  • The win takes the Blues to Wembley for the sixth time in seven years
  • Fans were unimpressed with Mauricio Pochettino despite the victory

Chelsea left it late to beat Leicester City 4-2 in the FA Cup quarter-final, thanks to goals from Carney Chukwuemeka and a long ranger from Noni Madueke.

Marc Cucurella and Nicolas Jackson had put them 2-0 ahead before Axel Disasi’s own goal pulled one back. Stephy Mavididi sent Malo Gusto on an errand to equalise early in the second half.

Mauricio Pochettino, Noni Madueke, Raheem Sterling, Chelsea, Leicester City, FA Cup, Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea fans booed Mauricio Pochettino during the 4-2 win over Leicester City. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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As noted by Centre Goals, the fans chanted “You don't know what you're doing” at Mauricio Pochettino, for how the team fared in the second 45 minutes despite having a man advantage.

Sports Brief looks at four reasons the fans have turned on the manager.

4 reasons Chelsea fans hate Pochettino

1. Poor in-game management

The team always plays better in the first half but needs to catch up in the second due to in-field decisions by the manager. It was apparent today in the decision to substitute Mykhailo Mudryk and leave Raheem Sterling, who had a poor game on. Boos started ringing out around Stamford Bridge immediately. He would have had a more tough time if it had cost them the game.

2. Misprofiling of players

Poch started the season by playing Levi Colwill as a left-back and pushing Ben Chilwell further upfield as a winger despite having natural-width men on the bench. The decision to play Enzo Fernandez in the number 10 role also annoyed the fans. A few times this season, he had Disasi moving forward as the right-back.

3. Press conference

Nothing gets a manager on the wrong side of the Chelsea fan base than his words during pressers. Strong mental words attracted them to Thomas Tuchel, and soft words made them resent Graham Potter. The Argentine manager saying he was proud of the team after some questionable games this season did not sit well with the fans.

4. Transfer decisions

Per Goal, the former PSG boss was against the signing of Cole Palmer, who has been the best player this season but was vetoed by the board. In the January transfer window, he loaned out Ian Maatsen while clamouring for a left-back and Armando Broja while asking for a striker. The actions negate the words and rightfully irked the fans.

Pochettino defends Raheem Sterling

Sports Brief reported on Pochettino calling for support for Sterling after the English winger had one of his worst games in a Chelsea shirt against Leicester City.

The former Manchester City winger missed a penalty after fighting it off Cole Palmer. He also missed a one-on-one and skied a freekick encapsulating his bad day.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.