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Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Pep Guardiola and referee Anthony Taylor for full time fury

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Man City’s Pep Guardiola and referee Anthony Taylor for his full time fury.

Poch stormed over towards the officials after the final whistle, in what was quite the Premier League fixture, a thrilling 4-4 draw.

Chelsea ended up coming back from being behind on three separate occasions to hold the league leaders, with Cole Palmer’s 95th minute penalty grabbing a point for the hosts after Rodri’s 86th minute goal looked to be the winner.

A crazy first 45 minutes saw Erling Haaland, Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling and Manuel Akanji get on the scoresheet to make it 2-2 going into the break.

Haaland saw his second of the night cancelled out after a tap in by Nicolas Jackson, but just as it looked as though Rodri got a winner for City, ex-Man City academy product Cole Palmer then smashed his 95th minute spot kick into the top corner, with the game ending 4-4. We have to say, the highlights above are a must watch.

The drama continued right until the end, with Marc Cucurella dispossessing Phil Foden before running, going on the attack, only for the referee to blow for full time, stopping a late winner.

This left Pochettino raging, making his way over to Taylor, with the Sky Sports cameras following the manager as he approached the referee, and said “What the fuck?!”

Pochettino ended up being held back by two of his coaching staff after being booked by Taylor.

Speaking in his press conference, he said sorry to the referee. He said: “I need to apologise to Anthony and the officials because in this moment I feel Raheem can go through and in this moment I say ‘What the…?’

“I deserve to be booked, I apologise but this type of behaviour is no good. I want to apologise to him also [Pep], I was focused on the action.”

Pep Guardiola was also asked on the matter after not receiving a handshake from the Chelsea boss. He replied: “It’s not a problem. It’s fine. The emotions happen to me sometimes. Completely fine.”

Player ratings

Chelsea: Sanchez (7), James (8), Disasi (6), Silva (7), Cucurella (5), Fernandez (7), Caicedo (7), Gallagher (8), Sterling (8), Palmer (8), Jackson (8).

Subs: Mudryk (6), Gusto (6), Broja (7), Ugochukwu (n/a).

Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (6), Akanji (7), Dias (5), Gvardiol (5), Rodri (8), Bernardo (6), Doku (6), Foden (8), Alvarez (7), Haaland (8).

Subs: Grealish (6), Kovacic (6).

Player of the match: Cole Palmer

Chelsea forward Cole Palmer, speaking to Sky Sports: “Very strange the first time I have played against City – I have the upmost respect for the club I spent 15 years at and it is nice to see some friends.

“Unlucky to not get the win. I have many City fans I know but it is the game.”

On his penalty: “Long time waiting but I felt confident and I have had a few now. Kept calm and focused.

“Not going to say I work on them cause I don’t I trust on my natural ability.”

Playing against Manchester City: “It was amazing I was excited before the game to show what I can do and we went behind a few times and bounced back.”

Chelsea forward Raheem Sterling, speaking to Sky Sports: “It was a good game, we wanted to win the game. The win we got at Tottenham, that’s the mentality we had.”

Not celebrating: “Scoring is a good feeling, but you remember it’s your old club.”

Building at Chelsea: “We’ve been trying to build slowly but surely. There’s been some set backs. We’re making those steps. I had a great time at City. People know what I can do. It’s good to be part of it here.”

Chelsea forward Cole Palmer, speaking to Sky Sports: “Very strange to play against City. I’ve got the utmost respect for the club I spent 15 years at. Another great game. I know many City fans. That’s the game.”

On the penalty: “I waited a long time, I’ve had a few of them now. I stayed calm. I’m not going to say I work on them because I don’t. I work on my natural ability.

“I was excited before the game to see some familiar faces.”

Manchester City midfielder Rodri, speaking to Sky Sports: “We feel a bit exhausted, this type of game, we know how hard it is to come here. The team Chelsea has built, they have great players and they sign massive players.

“The level of the Chelsea team has risen and it was not our best performance today. Individually we needed to do a bit more ourselves – to concede four goals is not normal for us.

“We keep pushing and sometimes it is like this and you have to score at the other end. But we have to correct some mistakes.

“I think we played how they want. Quick transitions and they are a better team in that situation and they are faster and stronger we have another type of players and we try to play our game and I think we struggled.”

On mistakes: “We are a team and we support each other and we move forward.

“I think we were very close on winning this game but we have the feeling when we are not ourselves, but we know what we have to do and big credit to the opponent. They have big players.”

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, speaking to BBC Sport:

“It was a good advert and entertaining game for the Premier League and both teams wanted to win. I wouldn’t have expected differently Chelsea have a fantastic team and players.

“And we know they always play good against fantastic side. We took the game [to Chelsea] it was difficult to control and they had quality from Cole Palmer and Mykhailo Mudryk.

“The players to dribble and run it was difficult to control the game – they were aggressive.

“We have momentum [during the game] two or three transitions one-on-one which we could not finish, but the game was in the moment at the end.

“A tight game, but a fair result. I congratulate the team, we go into the break and we qualify for the Champions League and we comeback [after international break] and go.”

On whether he preferred a 1-1 result: “It is, what it is. I prefer to win 7-0 but it is not happening at that level they [Chelsea] are fantastic team.

“I do not know the average [attempts on goal] but at the end both teams tried to do it and do what they needed to do.”

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino, speaking to BBC Sport:

“It was amazing that is why the Premier League is most unbelievable league in the world and everybody wants to be involved in an amazing game.

“It is difficult to talk as everyone wants to say how excited the game was. Man City is the best team in the world and Chelsea were brave tried to go for three points.

“I think it was an amazing evening.”

On his tactics against Manchester City: “That is how you feel about football I think you know me from Southampton and Tottenham.

“This is how we approach the games and we want to be protagonists and play high. We will always be brave and even if you have a team like City.

“It is impossible to know as you can win in different ways.”

On Cole Palmer: “His personality and character, he is a player that arrived in the last moment and he his showing great character and performance.

“I thought before the game we needed to be careful to him to give time to improve and more experience, but he is improving every single game I am happy for him and the team.”

On the international break: “I need after Tottenham and City. Now it is time to recover and be ready again!”

Twitter users had their say as Mauricio Pochettino apologises to Pep Guardiola and referee Anthony Taylor for full time fury…

@AllEnglandFlags: Anthony Taylor is becoming a farce of a referee now. He just needs to walk away from football. His reputation is lower than a snakes belly.

@Pez78: Imagine if this was Mikel Arteta.. Neville and Carragher would be asking for deportation and Arsenal to be docked points.. It’s incredible the bias and strategic analysis thats spouted every single week

@ScotGooner1: Waiting on @Carra23 and @GNev2 condemning this behaviour from Poch

@Robbo26289: Every day the agenda gets clearer and clearer 🤦‍♂️. There’s no hiding it, if Arteta had to be held back from the officials it would be all “that’s disrespectful” but when pep and poch do it it’s passion🤣. My manager is so clear it’s unreal 💪😜!!!!!

@cmonmebabbies: Fine and a ban incoming. Wonder when the league will wake up to the fact their egomaniacal officials just aren’t up to the job…

@BurnsyAFC: Imagine in Arteta done this there would be uproar 🤣🤣🤣🤣

@_JamieSwift: Imagine it this was Arteta, bro would be banned for 6 games 😂😂😂😂😂

@CFCRobL: It took Poch only 90 minutes to realise the Taylor vs Chelsea effect

@BenLawrence9: Poch absolutely right to be furious, we had a clear counter attack on as the final whistle blew. Didn’t stop play on 3 occasions when one of our players clearly down, penalty very very dubious. Onwards in any case, we definitely have an elite manager.

@Mickeymoneychat: If this was #Arteta…. IMAGINE the meltdown from @Carra23 @GNev2 of this was Mikel?? Shows that it’s ALL just pantomime bullshit from them. Also, wasn’t #Pochettino mocking other managers like 3 days ago?!

@_beckyy2: And now, after experiencing that fraud, you are one of us.

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