Mauricio Pochettino admits to holding back emotions as Todd Boehly’s text speaks volumes

According to, Mauricio Pochettino says he has the complete backing of Chelsea’s owners. Under-pressure Pochettino has also stated that it would take time to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around, denying that his future will be determined by whether they qualify for Europe next season.Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino was overcome with emotion after losing the Carabao Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. He was consoled by joint owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali.

Later that night, Boehly sent Pochettino an encouraging message, and the Argentinian coach met with Eghbali for dinner in central London. Pochettino understands the pressure is rising after they missed a golden opportunity to win silverware and gain entry into Europe, and defeat against Leeds in the FA Cup would basically terminate their season and put his career in jeopardy.

But Pochettino said: “I sense their backing. I cannot lie to you. I felt really unhappy when I climbed the steps at Wembley. I nearly cried. When I got there, it was tough to stop myself.

“I think people are clever enough to understand. Of course we wanted to win the Carabao Cup. We want to win the FA Cup. We want to win the Premier League. Now it’s tough. It’s the reality but before the start of the season it was always the objective. “And now our reality is to see if we can qualify to play in Europe next season but of course it’s going to be tough because of the circumstances and because of the reality.”

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But when asked whether he had to qualify for Europe to keep his job, Pochettino replied: “From who? From the sporting directors and the owners? No. I don’t remember, I don’t.”

Pochettino insisted that he has no regrets on taking the Chelsea job and says Liverpool are proof that it takes time to build foundations for long term success.

He added: “We are starting to build something but it’s not three points. Always we are always going to need time. That is why Chelsea is different and we have to accept that.‌

“Liverpool, I think, spent four years and Klopp didn’t win a title and he was given the support by the club and to keep going, changing players, changing the way to play. Now, they are getting what they deserve because of that.

“When we decided to come here, no-one put the gun to our head and said: ‘You need to sign here.’ But now it is not in my hands. We have a very good relationship with the owners, with the sporting directors. It is up to them to trust or not.”

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