Mauricio Pochettino Involved in Verbal Spat with Journalists Over Chelsea Penalty Drama

Mauricio Pochettino Involved in Verbal Spat with Journalists Over Chelsea Penalty Drama

Rene Otinga
updated at April 16, 2024 at 7:36 PM
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  • Chelsea beat Everton 6-0 but their victory was clouded by penalty controversy
  • Several Chelsea players were involved in a tussle over who should take a spot-kick
  • Mauricio Pochettino was pressed about the issue and ultimately walked out of a presser

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Mauricio Pochettino walked out of a press conference over apparent over saturation of questions about the penalty drama from his players on Monday, April 15.

The Blues continued their late-season resurgence in the Premier League with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Everton at Stamford Bridge, but the major talking point in the game revolved around the fifth goal.

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Mauricio Pochettino before the Premier League match against Sheffield United and Chelsea FC at Bramall Lane on April 7, 2024 in Sheffield, England. Photo by Richard Sellers
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Several Chelsea players, including Cole Palmer, Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson, tussled to take the penalty that would give the Blues a 5-0 lead in scenes that have been labelled as ‘embarrassing’ by fans online.

After the game, Pochettino disclosed he was ‘upset’ over the incident which he termed ‘unacceptable’

"It is impossible to have this type of behaviour after this performance. If we want to be a great team, we need to change and think in a collective way,” the Chelsea boss said, per BBC.

Pochettino walks out of press conference

Since the incident, a video has surfaced on social media showing an agitated Pochettino dismissing journalists over persistent questions over the penalty chaos.

The video, shared by X user @tovers98, shows the Argentine walking away from journalists as he lamented, “All day we talk about one thing. All questions was (about penalty incident)”

What went down during the game

Immediately after winning the penalty, Chelsea duo of Madueke and Jackson went for the ball. Madueke got there first and took the ball from Malo Gusto, and a brief exchange ensued between the winger and his Chelsea teammate Jackson.

Jackson eventually let the situation go after intervention from Thiago Silva, but Conor Gallagher then tried to take the ball from Madueke, insisting that Palmer was the designated penalty taker.

A brief squabble ensued, with Gallagher shoving away Jackson, who had gotten involved again.

Afterwards, Pochettino reiterated that Palmer was the designated penalty taker.

Why Nicolas Jackson wanted to take the penalty

Sports Brief also reported on the real reason why Nicolas Jackson was intent on taking the penalty against Everton.

The Ivorian’s desperation to take the penalty could stem from his goal-scoring ambitions for the season.

He aims to reach 15 or more Premier League goals and believes achieving 20 across all competitions is feasible.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and