Mauricio Pochettino: Mikel Arteta Empathises With Chelsea Boss After Arsenal Defeat

Mauricio Pochettino: Mikel Arteta Empathises With Chelsea Boss After Arsenal Defeat

Elijah Odetokun
April 24, 2024 at 8:47 AM
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  • Chelsea recently suffered their worst defeat against Arsenal
  • Mauricio Pochettino's future was thrown into further doubt
  • Mikel Arteta has issued a message of support to his ‘father’

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Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino share a long history, which is reflected in the message the Arsenal boss sent to his colleague after Chelsea were beaten 5-0 last night.

The London derby went one way, and it was embarrassing for the other side. It was the heaviest scoreline the Blues have ever lost against their local rivals in their history.

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Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino embrace before Arsenal beat Chelsea 5-0 at the Emirates Stadium on April 23, 2024. Photo by Chris Lee.
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The match was a true reflection of where Arsenal has reached under Arteta, while it is proof that their opponents are far from what a football team should look like.

According to The Athletic, the match also proved that Cole Palmer, despite taking all the credit for the team's performances this season, needs more credit than he gets.

Arteta sends message to Pochettino

Pochettino was visibly deflated on the touchline as he watched his team get shattered and would have been wishing the clock ran faster to avoid more embarrassment.

Arteta, speaking on Hayters TV after the match, had a message of empathy for his friend and colleague:

“All the sympathy in the world. With everything that he’s been through and everything that he’s been doing. He knows that. I’ve been on the other side as well. He’s doing a great job,” he said.

Chelsea have lost or drawn games owing to small details this season, that could have made a difference for them, one of which was the 2-2 draw in the first leg at Stamford Bridge.

“He’s doing a really good job, so hopefully things will turn around and be as he deserves. I love winning. He would try to do the same. When you talk about sympathy and someone I love and admire, for sure, I want the best for him,” he added.

Next for the Blues is an away trip to Villa Park to face in-form Unai Emery's Aston Villa, who are aiming for a Champions League spot, before another London derby against Tottenham.

Arteta explains Pochettino's influence

Sports Brief previously reported on Arteta explaining Pochettino's influence on his coaching career and opened up on the advice he gave him at the start.

The two played together for one season at Paris Saint-Germain when Arteta left Barcelona on loan and remained good friends since then despite taking different paths.

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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.