Mauricio Pochettino explains why he had to make Brighton trip after being spotted at the Amex last night

Chelsea still have to play Brighton in the Premier League.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he went to watch Brighton against AS Roma last night because he enjoys football even though he did make time for some monitoring work. There had been reports that he was scouting some players, but the Chelsea boss laughed off those claims. 

He told reporters at Chelsea's Cobham training ground: "No it's not my job to scout. We wanted to go as in a few weeks we play Brighton in Brighton. It's a great opportunity to watch live football. Only 45 minutes from here in Cobham so we decided to go. It was good to watch Roma and Brighton also."

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The Chelsea boss also said that his assistant Jesus Perez was with him even though the television cameras did not capture him. The west London club have built a close relationship with Brighton recently- helped by the fact that they had to beat Manchester City to the signing of Marc Cucurella after agreeing to a £60million deal.

Chelsea have also been able to hire Paul Winstanley as co-sporting director as well as buy Graham Potter from his contract with a fee of around £20million for his services.

Recently, the club have also agreed to hire  Sam Jewell as head of recruitment, he's currently on gardening leave and will join up with the club sometime in the summer.

Chelsea vs Leicester

The Chelsea manager will be hoping to reach the semi-final of the FA Cup when they take on Leicester on Sunday. The ultimate aim is to try and secure a spot in Europe and if they can do so winning a Cup will be a massive lift to the new Chelsea project.

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