Mauricio Pochettino expressed regret for his post-match outburst following Chelsea’s 4-4 draw with Manchester City, acknowledging that his behavior was not in line with a positive image for football.
Pochettino was visibly upset when referee Anthony Taylor ended the game instead of allowing play to continue after a potential foul on Raheem Sterling. The Chelsea manager felt Sterling might have had an opportunity for a last-minute chance to score. Despite having to be restrained and receiving a yellow card, Pochettino recognized the need to apologize to the officials for crossing the line in his reaction.
Pep Guardiola, the City manager, downplayed the lack of a handshake with Pochettino, emphasizing that emotional reactions happen to everyone. Pochettino later apologized to Guardiola, admitting he was unaware of him waiting for the customary post-match handshake.
Reflecting on Chelsea’s recent performances, Pochettino highlighted the team’s character, mentality, and ability to dominate against strong opponents. Despite drawing against Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester City, and securing a win at Tottenham, he acknowledged the team’s distance from the top of the table but emphasized the positive shift in atmosphere at the stadium.
Guardiola acknowledged Chelsea’s strength, describing them as one of the great teams in the past 25 years. He viewed the match as a good test, praising the team’s performance and considering the result fair.
Pochettino provided an update on Levi Colwill, revealing the defender’s absence due to a shoulder injury, and suggested Colwill might withdraw from the England squad for upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia.