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Pochettino Hails Chelsea’s Grit in Luton Win
- Updated: January 1, 2024
Mauricio Pochettino Delighted with Chelsea’s Gritty Win at Luton
Chelsea’s head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance and result after a hard-fought battle against Luton. The game showcased the intense nature of the Premier League, and Pochettino was pleased to see his players rise to the challenge, securing three crucial points at Kenilworth Road.
In a match where Luton sent in 36 crosses, Chelsea displayed a clinical edge, scoring three fantastic goals. Despite dealing admirably with most of the challenges, two late goals from Luton added tension to the closing minutes of the game. However, Chelsea weathered the storm, securing back-to-back wins and leaving Pochettino with positive emotions.
“It was a very difficult game, but I am so pleased,” commented Pochettino. “That is the Premier League. Luton are a team that fight until the end, and you could see that from their games against Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, and Newcastle. It is so difficult to break them down. But the team was very good. I’m very pleased with the performance. We controlled the game until the 65th minute. We needed to win, and we deserved the result.”
Despite the late challenges faced by Chelsea, Pochettino acknowledged the resilience of his team and emphasized the significance of the hard-earned victory. “Of course, we suffered a little bit in the last few minutes when we conceded two goals, but overall it’s a good result to build our confidence for the new year.”
Cole Palmer emerged as a standout performer, scoring two crucial goals during the match. Pochettino praised Palmer’s impact, highlighting his importance to the team. “It’s obvious he’s an important and decisive player. Scoring goals like this, I am so pleased for him and for the team.”
Noni Madueke, handed a start in the game, also found the back of the net, contributing to Chelsea’s attacking prowess. Pochettino commended the overall team performance, noting the positive contributions from various players. “There were many good performances. Players are stepping up. We are happy. It’s only a matter of time; it’s not a piece of magic where you can touch it and start to build a team.”
With a deep and competitive squad, Pochettino emphasized the importance of players feeling confident and ready to fight for their place in the starting XI. “We have a group of players who all need to feel confident and feel they can fight for their place in the starting XI. When you have a big squad, if we are all fit, we have players who can perform and play. It’s very positive to increase this level in every position.”
The victory against Luton allowed Chelsea to conclude the year on a high note. Pochettino expressed the significance of finishing 2023 positively and carrying momentum into the new year. “It is really important to finish 2023 well and look forward to 2024. It was good to finish with good feelings and going into the new year keeping the momentum.”
In summary, Mauricio Pochettino praised Chelsea’s resilience, individual performances, and the hard-fought victory against Luton. The result provides a positive foundation as Chelsea aims to continue building momentum and success in the upcoming year.
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By- Sahiba Suri