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Pochettino on injuries, blue cards and a 'starting point to be consistent'

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media before Monday's Premier League match away to Crystal Palace.

Here are the key lines from his news conference:

  • On team news, Pochettino said Benoit Badiashille we need to wait for a scan on his groin to see if he can be involved against Palace. He added that "we need to wait until Sunday to see if it's possible" on whether Levi Colwill can feature and that Trevor Chalobah is "doing well and training with the team".

  • Pochettino also confirmed Romeo Lavia will not return before the Carabao Cup final at the end of February and is "still not training with the team" while he is "recovering".

  • When asked if the starting XI he put out against Aston Villa was now first-choice, he said: "I think it's difficult to say that's the starting XI in my mind. Little by little we are recovering players, they need time to reach the level we expect from them. The way we train and the players behave, the attitude we are showing, we are improving."

  • On taking momentum from the win over Villa: "I think before also we had some good performances and after we were not consistent enough. Maybe it can be the starting point for us to be consistent and have more often this type of performance. I think the players deserve it because they have been working really hard from the beginning of season. This type of result showed the talent, quality we have in our squad."

  • Pochettino said the introduction of blue cards "at the moment is not a good idea", adding: "I think that will create more debate, be more complicated for the referees, players and fans."

  • On Palace and their manager Roy Hodgson: "He is my friend, I admire him, he's an unbelievable coach. He is working really well. There's always the pressure when you lose one or two games in a row. There's no doubt he will be successful with Palace, hopefully after our game."

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