Pochettino: I told Palmer there was time to score a winner

4 Apr 2024

Chelsea head coach reveals the conversation he had with Palmer before the Blues' fourth goal

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he told Cole Palmer to "believe" in the moments after the midfielder equalised in the 10th minute of added time against Manchester United, telling him there was still time to score a winner.

"I said 'Cole, two minutes more and to believe'. In football, it's all about belief," Pochettino told BBC Sport.

Eighty-one seconds after levelling for Chelsea, Palmer scored again to complete his first senior hat-trick and make Premier League history in the process.

That goal, timed at 100 minutes and 39 seconds, was the latest winning goal on record (since 2006/07) in a Premier League match.

Man Utd were leading with 99 minutes and 17 seconds on the clock, the latest a side has EVER led in a Premier League match they’ve gone on to lose.

The Blues boss heaped praise on Palmer, who is now joint-second in the race for the Castrol Golden Boot on 16 goals, two behind Erling Haaland.

"One of his best skills is his mentality and his capacity to deal with the pressure," Pochettino told the club's official website. He’s young, it is his first season playing very consistently and I think it is amazing the way he deals with the pressure. 

"That shows he can be a very good player. Looking at his performance today it is impossible to say that he’s not a top player, but there’s still a lot of room to improve."

England international Palmer revealed how Pochettino's late rally spurred him on. 

"When we scored he [Pochettino] said there’s two minutes left, come on. He’s always trying to drive us on. We went for it and thankfully we scored," Palmer told TNT Sports.

Next up for Chelsea is a trip to Sheffield United on Sunday, with the Blues, who are unbeaten in their last six matches, seeking another victory as they push for European football next season.

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