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Chelsea fans turn on Pochettino in draw at Brentford in EPL

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LONDON (AP) — Chelsea fans turned on Mauricio Pochettino as they watched their team labor to draw at west London rival Brentford 2-2 in the English Premier League on Saturday.

The Blues were leading through Nicolas Jackson's 35th-minute header but were pegged back by Mads Roerslev’s close-range strike in the 50th.

When Yoane Wissa put Brentford ahead with a spectacular overhead kick in the 69th, the away fans began singing the name of former manager Jose Mourinho as well as calling for Pochettino to go.

“I’ve been told — I didn’t hear, to be honest. It’s difficult for me to understand,” the Argentine coach said.

“But it’s normal, we were losing the game 2-1 and they expressed their frustration. I am one of the ones responsible, I’m the coach."

Chelsea rescued a point on Pochettino’s 52nd birthday when Axel Disasi headed home Cole Palmer’s cross.

The point left Chelsea languishing in 11th place in another dismal league campaign and the first season under Pochettino.

“I was asked before if I feel the love from the fans — no," Pochettino said. "I’m not worried — we need to accept this relationship. You win your relationship through winning games.

“I will continue to work and try to change this perception. We need to manage some reality. We are working really hard to try to win games, the team is fighting. If it doesn’t work and the fans are disappointed, I need to respect their opinion."


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