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Mauricio Pochettino takes dig at Chelsea attacker for greedy display

Chelsea manager was unimpressed with team’s display against Leeds

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed dissatisfaction with Mykhailo Mudryk's performance, despite the player scoring a goal in the Blues' recent FA Cup victory over Leeds United. This critique comes after an intense match on February 28th, where Chelsea managed to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

The west Londoners clashed with Daniel Farke's men at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the tournament. An early blunder saw Chelsea dispossessed and conceding a goal within just eight minutes of play. The initial setback was due to a sloppy attempt to play out from the back.

However, Nicolas Jackson quickly turned things around seven minutes later by scoring an equalizer. This came as a result of excellent link-up play between Senegalese forward Noni Madueke and Moises Caicedo.

Mykhailo Mudryk scored but made many mistakes

Mykhailo Mudryk found his way onto the scoreboard later on in the first half, marking his fifth goal of this season. Despite this achievement, Pochettino singled out Mudryk for criticism during his post-match press conference.

While acknowledging that Mudryk had indeed netted against Leeds, Pochettino emphasized that there were aspects of his game that needed improvement. The specifics about what these areas are were not mentioned but it is clear that even amidst victory, there is room for growth and development within Chelsea's ranks.

Chelsea manager, Mauricio Pochettino, said:

"Mudryk has amazing talent. But he needs to understand that football is a collective sport. You put your talent in the service of the team. For that, you need time. [But] it’s not only Mudryk."

"There are a few other players, because they are so young. They [sometimes] forget they need to recover their position, press and work hard. Of course, it is important he scored to build his confidence."

Leeds forward Mateo Joesph grabbed his brace in the second half before Conor Gallagher secured Chelsea's win with a 90th-minute winner. This thrilling end ensured Chelsea’s advancement into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Chelsea need to show some consistency to save this season

Following their narrow victory over Leeds United, the Blues are set to face Brentford in the Premier League match at the Gtech Community Stadium on Saturday, March 2. This upcoming match will be an opportunity for Mudryk and his teammates to demonstrate their growth and respond to Pochettino's critique.

While Chelsea's win over Leeds United was a significant achievement, it also highlighted areas of potential improvement. As they prepare for their next match against Brentford, fans and sports betting enthusiasts alike will be keenly watching how Pochettino's team responds to this constructive criticism.

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