Mauricio Pochettino ‘disappointed’ after Reece James decision proves costly for Chelsea

Mauricio Pochettino 'disappointed' after Reece James decision proves costly for Chelsea

Referee Michael Salisbury speaks with Reece James of Chelsea after showing him a red card (Image: 2024 Chelsea FC)

After being sent off for the second time this season during Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Brighton, Reece James will miss the final game of this season as well as the first three games of 2024–25.

Mauricio Pochettino acknowledged that Reece James’ late red card was “painful” after Chelsea defeated Brighton 2-1 in the Premier League to put themselves in position to qualify for Europe.

At the Amex Stadium, in the 88th minute, Blues captain James was sent off for the second time in a season marred by injuries after kicking out at Seagulls striker Joao Pedro.

The defender for England, who entered the game in the 69th minute for just his second appearance since December due to hamstring surgery, could be suspended for four matches and won’t be allowed to return to action until Gareth Southgate announces his preliminary Euro 2024 squad.

Chelsea moved up to sixth place heading into the final day at home against Bournemouth, three points above Newcastle and Manchester United and three behind fifth-place Tottenham thanks to goals from Cole Palmer and substitute Christopher Nkunku.

Regarding James’ pricey retaliation, Blues manager Jorge Pochettino remarked, “It’s difficult to give my opinion because I didn’t have time to see the action.” “Perhaps he is just frustrated.”

However, it is painful. It hurts because he’s our captain and a very significant player, and it was a great football night. I’m sad that he will now miss the upcoming game as well as possibly a couple of games in the upcoming season.

After Palmer scored his 22nd Premier League goal of the season with a beautiful first-half looping header and Nkunku finished in the 64th minute, Brighton substitute Danny Welbeck claimed a consolation goal in extra time.

Mauricio Pochettino 'disappointed' after Reece James decision proves costly for Chelsea

Reece James of Chelsea reacts after being shown a red card ( Image: 2024 Chelsea FC)

Lewis Dunk, the captain of Albion, is now doubtful for the upcoming European Championship in Germany after being forced off the field during halftime of an event-filled game due to a knee injury.

“No, because the substitution was for an injury,” Seagulls head coach Roberto De Zerbi said in response to a question about the center-back’s condition. I’m hoping it won’t be a major issue for him.

“It’s unclear if he will be fit for Sunday’s match against Manchester United, but his chances of playing in the Euros are much more important.”

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