Three things spotted during Mauricio Pochettino's press conference ahead of Crystal Palace
Chelsea produced their best performance of the Mauricio Pochettino era to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. Enzo Fernandez, the mercurial signing from Argentina who has often failed to live up to his £107million price reminded everyone of his class with an unstoppable free kick to seal what was one of his best outings since moving to west London.
The performance, commitment and result have eased the pressure on Pochettino who held his press conference today ahead of Monday night's visit to Selhurst Park. LondonWorld football writer Rahman Osman was at Cobham and brings you three observations from the press conference ahead of the London derby.
Pochettino is surprisingly nicer after defeats
Today's press conference was quite straightforward, and the Chelsea boss was not in the mood for his usual metaphors that he tries to lean on when times are rough. He appeared relaxed but alert and in one of those paper sections wouldn't back down when asked about Thiago Silva and his age. During previous press conferences- he would normally just brush it off, but he just didn't want to let go today.
Turned up two minutes late
At the start of the Pochettino era at Chelsea, he struggled a bit with the timing of his press conferences with the Chelsea media team swinging from it from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm, but these last few weeks he's been bang on with his timing even if he was two minutes late today.
Low interest in press conference
For the the second week running the press room was half empty. The interest in Pochettino's aura is a massive thing within the Chelsea fanbase but for some strange reason- interest in the Argentinian's press conference has been quite low lately. Maybe Chelsea have to go on a good run to get the good vibe and reignite the interest in his pre-game media activities.