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Pochettino breaks silence on post-match visit from Chelsea co-owner

Mauricio Pochettino at Chelsea
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Behdad Eghbali visited the team’s dressing room after the defeat against Aston Villa.

Mauricio Pochettino has insisted he had no problem with Behdad Eghbali’s dressing-room visit after Chelsea’s defeat against Aston Villa.

The Blues continued their disappointing run in the Premier League with another home defeat, slipping to 14th spot on the table. Club co-owner Eghbali reportedly headed to the dressing room to talk with the players after the game.

Pochettino has now confirmed the visit, saying he likes such face-to-face discussions.

“I like when the owners come,” Pochettino said. “In all my career as a coach, at Espanyol, Southampton, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain before and after. I think it is good that the owner came to the dressing room.

“It’s the way they approach the player is important, if they are in a good way then they are very welcome. After my press conference after the game against Aston Villa, they came and chill with us, like normally.

“Also against Liverpool, Luton, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa, they came with Paul and Laurence and Behdad.

“We talk about the game. I don’t see it in a bad way. For me, it’s good always if they share with us and they can say hello to the players. It would be different if they came for a speech or something, but with the way that they came of course they are very welcome.”

Chelsea take on Brighton in the Carabao Cup before meeting Fulham in their next league game on Monday.