“I don’t understand why that happens” – Pochettino on fans treatment of Chelsea winger

Mauricio Pochettino has said he doesn’t understand why some Chelsea fans have started booing Raheem Sterling.

A small section of supporters started booing when Sterling was replaced by Cole Palmer in the second half of Chelsea’s 3-2 win against Leeds on Wednesday night.

It’s not the first time the England international has been subject to boos as it also happened when he was replaced in the 4-2 defeat to Wolves at Stamford Bridge last month.

The 29 year old has featured regularly for Pochettino this season and has contributed eight goals and nine assists from 33 appearances in all competitions.

When asked about the boos the Argentine couldn’t understand why it was happening and told The Telegraph: “Someone told me but I didn’t hear it, I have only been here nine months, I don’t understand why that happens.”

“It is difficult to know why exactly. He is fully committed to Chelsea, is doing well and he is always very committed. He is one of the players who is at 99 per cent of training sessions. Always training and always available. Sometimes he is good, sometimes not so good like all players.”

Sterling joined Chelsea from Manchester City for £50m back in the summer of 2022 and is the highest paid player at the London club on over £300,000 per week.

He hasn’t delivered in the way the club or fans expected but will likely have another opportunity to put things right in this afternoon’s game against Brentford.


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