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‘I crossed the limit’ – Chelsea boss apologises for outburst after thrilling draw with Manchester City

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has apologised for his outburst at the end of their 4-4 draw with Manchester City on Sunday

The pulsating clash at Stamford Bridge saw the Cityzens take the lead on three occasions, only to be pegged back each time. 

Rodri’s 86th-minute strike looked to have secured the points for the visitors, but Cole Palmer held his nerve to equalise from the spot, ensuring the spoils were shared.

Pochettino raged at Anthony Taylor for denying his side a goalscoring opportunity by ending the game early. 

The Argentine boss angrily approached the official at the full-time whistle and had to be held back by his own coaching staff. He was shown a yellow card for the outburst. 

Pep Guardiola waited for his fellow manager to shake hands with him but that didn’t happen and he returned without exchanging pleasantries. 

Pochettino later apologised for his behaviour, saying (per The Guardian): “I need to apologise to Anthony and the [assistant] referees and the fourth official.

In this moment, I feel that maybe Raheem (Sterling) can go through and go to score the fifth and when the game finishes, I turn and say: ‘What the … ?’

“I said: ‘Why stop in this moment, the action?’ Then I turned and said: ‘I deserve to be booked.’ Because I crossed the limit, I want to apologise because it’s not a good image for me and for football, this type of behaviour.”

Chelsea and Man City played out a pulsating draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. 

During such a crucial Premier League match, it is hard for people to control their emotions.  

Pochettino should have done better, but it is good to see that he has realised his mistake and apologised for his behaviour. 

In a similar incident last week, Mikel Arteta lost his cool after Arsenal were beaten 1-0 at Newcastle United. 

The Gunners boss lashed out at the officials for awarding Anthony Gordon’s winning goal, calling the decision a ‘disgrace’ and ’embarrassing’.  

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