Why Mauricio Pochettino Missed Chelsea's Lap of Appreciation

Why Mauricio Pochettino Missed Chelsea's Lap of Appreciation

Fred Kennedy
May 21, 2024 at 7:22 AM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino is facing an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge
  • The Argentine fuelled the speculation on the final day of the campaign
  • Poch left the pitch shortly after his side's 2-1 win against Bournemouth

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Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has opened up on why he missed the club's lap of appreciation.

The Argentine was a conspicuous miss as the Blues' squad staged a lap of appreciation shortly after their win over Bournemouth.

The west Londoners silenced the Cherries 2-1 on the final day of the season, with Moises Caicedo opening the scoring with a stunner at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's win in the tie secured them a sixth-place finish with 63 points, finishing ahead of Newcastle and Manchester United.

While that finish is enough to secure them Europa League football, they face an anxious wait to discover their fate from the outcome of the FA Cup final pitting the Red Devils and Manchester City.

Why Pochettino missed lap of appreciation

Meanwhile, one of the most notable moments from Chelsea's final day of the season was Pochettino's absence from the lap of appreciation.

The tactician headed straight down the tunnel without addressing fans, much to the surprise of many.

Speaking on the incident, Poch said:

"Because there was no time, because Thiago Silva [had a goodbye presentation]. And then when the players started [to do the lap], [press officer] Adrian [Phillips] said I needed to go inside," Poch explained via Metro UK.

His failure to address the fans comes at a time when he is facing an uncertain future with Chelsea.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss has registered a mix of results in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Why Chelsea should keep Pochettino

Earlier, Sports Brief analysed why Chelsea should consider keeping Pochettino as their manager.

The first part of Pochettino's debut season in West London went so badly that he averaged similar numbers to the 'inexperienced' Graham Potter with a much better (or expensive) squad.

Chelsea flirted with midtable, and at some point, they were closer to relegation places than a top-four finish.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.
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