Soon after, captain Reece James was sent off, and Anthony Gordon scored the fourth goal for the home team. Chelsea is now 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, who don’t play again until Sunday.
Pochettino had to watch the game from the stands because he was banned from the sidelines and was furious with his team’s play. He said it was “so easy” for Newcastle and has cancelled the team’s day off because of it.
The Argentine coach told Premier League Productions after the game, “It was our worst game of the season.” It was hard to be in the stands.
“We can’t be upset about the outcome; we didn’t know how the game would go from the start.” We didn’t play as well as we should have; we were not intense or energetic.
At 1-1, after we scored, we had a chance to make them play deep, but Newcastle made it so easy for us. That’s why I’m so mad about the show.
He went on, “Sometimes your team needs this kind of thing to happen in order to realise [the standards that are needed].”
“We talked in the locker room after the game because I think we should normally go straight to the hotel, sleep, and start training early tomorrow morning without a day off.”
But I don’t think we should just blame the players; I think we should blame everyone.
“I think it’s important to learn and understand that we need to be stronger in how we take responsibility if we want to compete at the level people think we need to compete at.”
As always, learn from this kind of thing. Our team is very good, but competing is not the same as playing.