has apologised to fans following ’s 4-2 defeat to Wolves on Sunday, but has urged them not to turn on the team.
After gave them the lead, it all fell apart for Chelsea again as a Matheus Cunha hat-trick and an own goal gave the visitors a surprise win.
A late Thiago Silva strike wasn’t enough to spark a comeback, and the Blues were loudly booed off at half-time and full-time, with Raheem Sterling subject to plenty of jeers following a poor performance.
Moreover, as they game wore on, , with much of the turmoil Chelsea have found themselves in blamed on the mismanagement of current custodian Todd Boehly.
Chelsea are now 11th in the Premier League, 15 points off the top four, and though they have a Carabao Cup final against Liverpool at the end of February, many supporters are calling for Pochettino to be sacked.
The manager addressed the jeers and backlash from fans in his post-match press conference, and urged the Stamford Bridge faithful to keep backing the team, saying: ‘What we can say, apologise to the fans.
‘The perception is one thing and the reality is another. The perception is that Chelsea should be in a different position but the circumstance, we are not there. One maybe we are not good enough.
‘It’s the most important [thing] now to feel the responsibility and of course the organisation and the players that we have. To understand the fans is really important.
‘We want to apologise. We are disappointed like them but until the end, you need to fight together and of course we want to take good results in the future.
‘During the 90 minutes, you need to try and work together and in the end, they have the capacity and they will be right to criticise or be angry if the performance is not good.
‘The players are young, they need support. I want to thank you [the fans] because until the end, they were supporting.’
‘I am a human. I am not a robot. Of course that is not a nice situation. But in football, you need to accept. When you are at a club like Chelsea with all the expectation, you need to accept that and I think that happened today.
‘To be in this business, in this type of club, you need to be strong. We have the energy and the capacity to move on.
‘Yes, of course, it’s not a nice moment but it’s always about to move on and convince the players and push the players to never give up, to be brave and recover from this kind of situation.
‘The players need to feel the confidence, they need to believe again to compete again. The players want to deliver a very good show. Of course they feel the pressure from the fans in the 90 minutes.
‘It’s easy to be sitting and watching the players play but when the stress arrives, sometimes it is not easy. Right now, we need to help them recover from the defeat.’
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