LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) The aftermath of Chelsea’s intense 4-4 draw with Manchester City saw Mauricio Pochettino extend his apologies for his heated outburst directed at referee Anthony Taylor.
Pochettino, visibly frustrated, stormed onto the pitch after the final whistle, expressing his disagreement with Taylor’s decision to blow the whistle instead of allowing a potential counter-attack by Raheem Sterling.
In the heat of the moment, Pochettino not only snubbed a handshake from Pep Guardiola but also engaged with the officiating team, resulting in a yellow card and the need for intervention from his coaching staff.
The game itself was marked by controversial calls, including penalties for both sides, and Chelsea’s comeback from behind on three occasions.
The final equalizer came from former City player Cole Palmer, who converted a spot-kick in the 95th minute.
Reflecting on his actions, Pochettino offered a post-game apology, acknowledging his need to apologize to Anthony and the officials.
He explained, “I deserve to be booked. I want to apologize to him also [Pep], I was focused on the action.”
As the international break provides a brief respite, both Chelsea and City will regroup for upcoming fixtures.
Chelsea is set to face Newcastle in their next outing, while City will host Liverpool in what promises to be another high-stakes clash.
The incident adds a dramatic twist to an already eventful match, setting the stage for continued competition and intensity when the teams return to action.