Mauricio Pochettino confirms significant blow to Chelsea team news ahead of tough Newcastle clash

Chelsea manager has travelled with his team but will not be on the bench against Newcastle.
Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match
Chelsea's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts on the touchline during the English Premier League football match

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino confirmed he would miss the game against Newcastle due to the accumulation of yellow cards.

The Chelsea boss has been booked against Brighton and Burnley but lost himself when he confronted Anthony Taylor after the final whistle against Manchester City.

He punished Nicolas Jackson with a marathon run after he picked up five yellow cards and missed the game against Fulham so in line with his own standards has elected to take the entire team including the coaching team out for a meal.

He told reporters: "[Jackson] had to run [for his punishment]. And I am going to pay for a dinner because I got suspended and I cannot run, so I prefer to pay."

The Chelsea boss however felt slightly had done even though he admitted his emotions got the better of him but said some of these rules are too strict and do take into account the human emotion.

He added: "We have to be more flexible — we are too square with things. That also doesn’t help the relationship.

"Sometimes we are frustrated because we were talking in the last managers' meeting [about this]. The coaches need to be more involved in these decisions.

"It’s not only one coach that thinks like this. We all have full respect for the referees. We understand perfectly that their job is really tough. 

"But the problem is, sometimes you get frustrated during the game because of the VAR or things. And you cannot go and complain to the referee or the VAR. That is a problem."

Chelsea have won their last three games away from home and ended their game before the international break with a 4-4 draw against mighty Manchester City.