Chelsea’s Pochettino unhappy at being forced to play on Christmas Eve

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino (Oli SCARFF)

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed support for a fans’ group’s request to the Premier League, demanding a change in the scheduling of Chelsea’s match against Wolves on Christmas Eve.

This is the first top-flight English fixture to be scheduled on December 24 since 1995, and it has been strongly criticized by the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, who deem it “completely unacceptable.”

Pochettino has personal reasons to oppose this scheduling decision, as Argentines celebrate Christmas on the night of the 24th, and it coincides with his wedding anniversary.

“If our fans are unhappy, I am as well. December 23rd is my anniversary with my wife, and now I have to travel to Wolves,” said Pochettino on Friday.

“I doubt I will be able to convince her to come with me.

“The 24th is a significant night for Argentine people, and I hope to arrive home in time to celebrate afterward. But if our fans are not satisfied, I cannot be either.

“Changing the decision is not easy, but we need to accept that England is different from the rest of the world. I have to adapt.

“Even if I am unhappy, I will strive to perform at my best and acknowledge that this is a situation we cannot alter.”

Following a slow start to Pochettino’s tenure, Chelsea seems to have found their stride with an unbeaten run of four games.

Furthermore, they could receive a boost next month with the return of £52 million ($63 million) forward Christopher Nkunku.

Nkunku, who suffered a knee injury during pre-season, is yet to make a competitive appearance for his new club.

“Nkunku is progressing well and working hard. He’s very close,” said Pochettino. “Hopefully, we can involve him as soon as possible.

“After the upcoming international break, he may have the opportunity to participate.

“Last season, he showcased his goal-scoring abilities in the Bundesliga. If Nkunku had contributed eight or ten goals today, the league standings would be completely different.”



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