'Need to accept it': Mauricio Pochettino's interesting message to Chelsea fans after heavy defeat

Chelsea have the same points tally as they did at this stage last season under Graham Potter, who was sacked six games later.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he and his players must accept criticism from the fans after they were booed off the pitch against Wolves. Pochettino's side handed Wolves their first league win at Stamford Bridge in Premier League history and the home defeat follows their 4-1 defeat at Anfield. 

Asked if his team being booed off after the final whistle by their own fans affected him, he said: "I am a human. Of course, it's not a nice situation. In football, you have to accept. With a club like Chelsea, with the expectation, you need to accept that. To be in this business, with this type of club, you need to be strong." 

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Back-to-back league defeats has pushed Chelsea out of the top half of the league table and Wolves, who thoroughly deserved their victory move up to 10th, one point and one place above Chelsea after 23 games.

This is a pivotal month for Chelsea with the FA Cup replay against Aston Villa next and the all-important League Cup final coming up in just over two weeks. Pochettino admitted the fans were right to be upset but asked for support for his young team.

He added: "The perception is Chelsea should be in a different position but for different circumstances, we are not. One is maybe because we're not good enough. 

"To understand the fans is really important. I feel sorry. We are disappointed like them but until the end we need to fight together. During the game we need to work together to get a good result." 

Chelsea have the same points tally as they did at this stage last season under Graham Potter, who was sacked six games later.