Three things spotted during Mauricio Pochettino's press conference ahead of Aston Villa FA Cup

All the latest from Mauricio Pochettino's press conference ahead of the FA Cup game against Aston Villa.

Chelsea have conceded eight goals in their last two matches and face an Aston Villa side who are in-form tomorrow night in the replay of their FA Cup fourth round tie. The Blues risk losing three games on the bounce for the first time this season. 

Chelsea have never conceded four goals in three consecutive games since 1989, so Pochettino will look to avoid unwanted records tomorrow night. His job security has been discussed with the board holding a meeting on Monday before backing him. 

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This was a difficult week for the Argentinian but he handled his press conference well and backed his players to turn things around and finish the second half of the season better than recent weeks have suggested. 

So on what was a really tough 45 minutes press conference, here are three things we observed:

Pochettino turned up on time

Unlike the media duties after the game against Wolves, Pochettino was on time and polite to the press before going into action. For a man who would have been going through his most difficult time as Chelsea boss, he had time to break a smile with his water bottle in his hand.

Pochettino in fine form despite mounting pressure

One of Pochettino's gifts as a manager is his emotional intelligence, he handled all the chaos around his team by going back to correct what he said immediately after the Wolves game. He took control of the press conference with metaphors and backed his players before dropping a hint that, he had the backing of the owners who dropped him a nice message after the disappointment at Stamford Bridge over the weekend.

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Surprisingly low turn out for the press conference despite the interest around the club

For what was his first press conference after a very difficult week, not many media houses seemed to be interested. The room was not packed to its rafters which was a surprise given it was an opportunity to drill the manager on what was without a doubt a poor performance against Wolves.

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