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Mauricio Pochettino says he will fight to win over Chelsea fans after they demand he leaves club

Mauricio Pochettino looks to the skies

Mauricio Pochettino said he would not give up trying to change the minds of Chelsea fans who sang that the former Tottenham manager should “f--- off” after his team fell behind 2-1 at Brentford before recovering for a draw.

Axel Disasi headed an equaliser for the embattled Chelsea manager after the side gave up two second half goals in the Gtech Stadium and were on the brink of another damaging defeat. The away fans also sang an unrepeatable song about Todd Boehly, the American investor who controls a sizeable minority share in the consortium that owns the club.

Jose Mourinho’s name was also chanted. But it was the “f--- off Mauricio” chant that was most notable from the away end.

Nicolas Jackson had given Chelsea a first half lead and Brentford, who had lost five of their previous six went off to some booing but they recovered with two goals from Mads Roerslev and Yoane Wissa. On the occasion of Pochettino’s 52nd birthday, Chelsea were in trouble.

“I am not worried, Pochettino said when he was asked whether the relationship between the former Tottenham manager and the Chelsea fans was recoverable.

“We need to accept this relationship. Someone asked me ‘Do you feel the love from the fans?’ No. What are they going to expect? Between the coaching staff and the coach and the fans you build your relationship through winning games. But at the moment we have to match the expectation and if we don’t match the expectation, are we going to ask for love?

“Normally in football, when there is frustration the coach pays or the people who are above. I don’t ask for anything. I want to continue to work and change this perception and change winning games. We have one week to prepare for Newcastle [a week on Monday] … we have to manage the reality.”

He said later: “I think the relationship is good. If they did what they did [the critical chanting which Pochettino said he did not hear] then that is the frustration. I am fighting with all my sense to try to provide the team with the best tools to work and improve and play in this way. And win games. Today is my 52nd birthday. I know this business very well, but I am never going to give up. I am going to fight, and I am ready to fight tomorrow and the next game.”

Thoams Frank, the Brentford manager, was critical of those home fans who booed his team at half-time. “I would like to speak to the person who did that. We are talking about Brentford and Chelsea – one of the best clubs in the world, and it is 1-0. My question is – I don’t want to swear – ‘What the …’”.

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