‘It’s painful’: Mauricio Pochettino’s first words after latest Reece James setback and missed opportunity

'It's painful': Mauricio Pochettino's first words after latest Reece James setback and missed opportunity

Chelsea defeated Brighton 2-1 thanks to a masterful display, although Reece James was sent off.
The manager of Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino, expressed his pain at losing Reece James once more during Wednesday night’s victory over Brighton. After kicking out on Joao Pedro, which VAR picked up, the Chelsea captain was dismissed.

James has been sent off twice this season; as a result, he will miss the final match against Bournemouth as well as the first three league games of the following season. James realized he was in serious trouble when the referee was called to the monitor to review the incident—it was truly a moment of madness.

His debut season as Chelsea’s first-team captain has been marred by injuries, as he has only managed 10 games this campaign. When asked about the incident following the game, Pochettino acknowledged it was painful but added he hadn’t seen it again because he was too busy.

After the game, he said to reporters, “No, I didn’t see.” I didn’t have time to watch the action, so it’s hard for me to comment. But since it’s a great football night and he’s a really important player, it hurts [us]. He will now miss the upcoming game as well as a few games the following season.”

This was yet another successful night for Chelsea, who once more displayed incredible growth in handling a challenging match at a challenging venue. They were defeated 4-1 here in the previous season, but this year they outplayed the Seagulls and took the three points, strengthening their chances of qualifying for the Europa League.

Christopher Nkunku’s performance, which has three goals despite spending nearly half of the time on the treatment table, was another encouraging sign.


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