Pochettino Defends Sterling Amid Chelsea Fan Booing

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Mauricio Pochettino condemns the booing of Raheem Sterling by Chelsea fans during the Blues’ FA Cup tie against Leicester City.

Chelsea overcame Leicester City with a 4-2 victory in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday at Stamford Bridge. The win takes Chelsea into the semi-finals of the FA Cup to face Manchester City.

The game saw Raheem Sterling miss a penalty in the 26th minute. The English star was booed by the fans in the second half of the game.

Mauricio Pochettino spoke after the game about the fans’ reaction to Raheem. He called on them to support the team and not criticise him.

“We need to support him, he’s an amazing player,” Pochettino said to BBC One.

“He has more than 10 years experience in the Premier League. Of course I think the contribution was good. He was a little bit unlucky with some actions where he should have scored. But we are a team and we need to be there for everyone.

“Fans are entitled to show their emotion. For us we try to emphasise with our fans not to criticise. They want the best for our team and players. But we are in a project. We need support and to really believe. We are trying to build something.

“We are in a process to build the team. I know really well how to manage. What the fans want is to win the game and that we achieved. What the fans want is to go to Wembley and that we achieved. They need to trust me to manage in the way I think is the best way for the club.

“We need to respect their opinion as much as they need to respect my decision.”

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