Pochettino won’t lose his Hair over Chelsea Crisis: Mauricio Pochettino, the under-fire Blues manager, demanded perspective on Chelsea’s poor play and insisted he won’t lose his hair as a result of the team’s poor performance.
Following back-to-back crushing losses, Pochettino’s team will be reeling heading into their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Aston Villa on Wednesday.
Chelsea was humiliated 4-2 at home by Wolves on Sunday after losing 4-1 away to Liverpool.
During Wolves’ defeat, irate Chelsea supporters taunted Pochettino, sparking further rumors that the Argentine would soon lose his job.
Since taking over in the off-season, the former Tottenham manager has made significant investments in new acquisitions, but he has not been able to have a beneficial impact on Chelsea.
An FA Cup exit at Villa would only increase the strain on Chelsea, who are currently lagging in 11th position in the Premier League.
Even amid difficult times, Pochettino claimed he would continue to enjoy his work.
“Football is my passion, not my job,” he told reporters on Tuesday. “Sometimes we say ‘job’ but it’s the wrong word. Football is entertainment.
“Being coach, I need to keep a sense of why I am here. We cannot suffer because of business and other things. We need to be focused to play football.
“To be focused in football, you need to feel free in your mind. You cannot be affected because the stock in New York or Tokyo, or the weather or because the farm doesn’t grow.
“That’s why I keep my hair like this, because I don’t suffer from things that I am not in charge of. I only suffer for football, to try to improve the players, to provide them a good platform to win games.
“If there is no rain on my farm, you kill the business of my farm. That is a stress. You can lose your hair. But I cannot lose my hair because we’re not winning because the opponent was better than us.”
Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel were fired during that campaign, which opened the door for Pochettino to eventually take over at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino gave his team a rallying call this week in an attempt to turn things around before the crucial stretch of games that includes the League Cup final against Liverpool.
“I told the players today in a meeting that I trust you more than ever. I’m going to support you more than ever,” he said.
“I’m not a normal boss. I’m the leader and I need to reflect with every single action that I really trust the players.
“If they don’t perform it is my responsibility and the players’ responsibility always because they are on the pitch.
“I trust we can turn the situation around and change the results.”