Mauricio Pochettino hits out at ‘annoying’ talk of Chelsea’s ‘billion-pound spending’

Mauricio Pochettino has responded to Chelsea’s critics, calling their criticism “unfair” and “annoying,” after his team was called billion-pound bottle jobs.

Following Sunday’s 1-0 League Cup final loss to Liverpool, former Manchester United defender Gary Neville called Chelsea “blue billion-pound bottle jobs.”

Neville, a Sky Sports commentator, was harsh on Chelsea’s poor performance in extra time at Wembley Stadium, as an inexperienced Liverpool lineup kept the Blues’ search for their first domestic title since 2018.

Since Toddy Boehly’s consortium bought Chelsea in 2022, the West London club has fallen behind despite having spent over £1 billion ($1.5 billion) on signings.

However, Pochettino denied Neville’s jab, telling reporters on Tuesday, “The problem is so annoying when after eight months always people talk about one billion. I feel that’s a little bit unfair. The new owners arrived with the right intention and they want to build something that is different from the past.”

He added, “For me the players have an amazing quality, they only need time. It’s not an excuse for me because if I am here or not, it’s not dependent on me. I think we are doing an amazing job.”

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