WATCH: Mauricio Pochettino issues apology after FORGETTING to shake hands with Pep Guardiola
Chelsea and Manchester City played an eight-goal thriller on Sunday.
Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola. (Via X/@brfootball)
Emotions were flaring both on and off the pitch during Chelsea and Manchester City‘s enthralling 4-4 draw, as following the full-time whistle Mauricio Pochettino was seen storming onto the pitch. The cameras show a passionate Pochettino aiming his anger at referee Anthony Taylor for controversial decisions towards the end of the game. The manager was shown a yellow card, but that did not make him hesitate to show his frustration.
The Premier League was witness to an instant classic on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. An in-form Chelsea took on Manchester City, who were not a side to drop points on the road. In what developed into an eight-goal thriller, either side ended up sharing the spoils on the night. The game featured seven different scorers, but it was Cole Palmer, a former Manchester City player who stole the headlines with a late equalizer for Chelsea.
Following the game, Pochettino took the time to apologize to Pep Guardiola for not taking time out to shake hands with him. It is customary for managers to shake hands after the full-time whistle. And after a game like that, where neither side caught a breather, it gave more reasons to hug the differences off.
However, Pochettino explained:
At the moment I did not see Pep…I was focusing on the action only. Sorry, I want to apologize to Pep.
He said in a light-hearted tone, letting out a small chuckle.
Chelsea go neck to neck with the Premier League Champions
In what many quote to be the best game in the Premier League this season, Manchester City both scored and conceded 4 goals for the first time under Pep Guardiola. The side led by Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea had to come from behind thrice, showing unbelievable might to take away a point against the defending champions.
Erling Haaland opened the scoring, breaking his goal drought against the Blues. Thiago Silva’s header brought Chelsea back level before Raheem Sterling pushed Chelsea ahead after scoring his first goal against his former side. However, Manuel Akanji quickly brought parity for the visitors with a leaping header. Erling Haaland’s second goal saw the visitors go ahead thanks to an easy tap-in for Haaland.
Nicolas Jackson’s 11th goal this season pulled Chelsea back for the second time again. Rodri thought he had won it for City at the death before Cole Palmer’s last-gasp penalty made it 4-4 in a high-octane clash. Pep Guardiola told the media that it was ‘no problem’, pointing to Pochettino’s reluctance to shake hands after the game. He also added that these ’emotions’ happen to me as well and that he has done the same.
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