‘Tired’: Mauricio Pochettino breaks silence on Reece James ‘injury’ in 1-1 draw with Liverpool
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Liverpool forward Luis Daiz opened the scoring earlier on and Mohamed Salah looked to have scored the second but the intervention of VAR ruled out his strike for offside.
Chelsea then recovered from the slow start and showed glimpses of the promise they showed on their tour of the United States. New signing Axel Disasi scored the leveller after some really good work from Raheem Sterling on the right-hand side. He was having a tough game before that moment and it happened to be the turning point of the game.
Then Ben Chilwell looked to have added a seond but VAR called it for Liverpool this time round with both teams having half chances to take all three points but failing to do so.
Chelsea fans had their heart in their mouths when defender Reece James looked to have picked up an injury but Chelsea boss Pochettino confirmed he was not injured.
The 51-year-old manager told the press: “Because he was tired. The first thing we did when we arrived was to assess the players from the past and he was injured three or four months and pre-season was tough for him. Of course, we didn’t want to take any risk. We wanted to keep our way a little bit.”
Pochettino knows there is work to do on making Chelsea more solid, hence the pursuit of Caicedo, but his team showed character to overcome a sticky opening to make Alisson the busier goalkeeper in the second half and draw warm applause from their supporters at the final whistle.
Chelsea will now hope that they will recover well before heading to West Ham United for their second Premier League game of the season.