Mauricio Pochettino expressed his displeasure with the rescheduling of Chelsea’s game against Wolves to Christmas Eve, stating that it is unjust for the fans who will be travelling and has also hindered him from celebrating his 31st wedding anniversary with his spouse.
The Premier League recently announced the date for the televised fixture at 1.30pm on Sky Sports in the UK, which the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) has deemed “unacceptable.”
This will mark the first time a top-tier match will be played on Christmas Eve since 1995. Pochettino expressed disappointment that Christopher Nkunku may not be able to play due to a knee injury, but he could potentially return after the upcoming international break. The manager also shared that he will have to make alternate arrangements with his wife and that another source of frustration for him is that Argentinian customs involve starting holiday festivities on December 24th instead of Christmas Day.
Pochettino expressed that both he and the fans are unhappy. This is because he has to travel to Wolves on his anniversary, which falls on the 23rd. As a result, he will not be spending the night at home. Additionally, the 24th is a significant night for Argentine people, and he hopes to arrive in time to celebrate.
The CST has requested for the league to reschedule the game, but Pochettino has doubts about Chelsea’s chances of success if they try to change the date. He stated, “It is a challenging task because it is not a simple change. We must accept that we are in England and things work differently here compared to the rest of the world. Despite my dissatisfaction, I must adapt and give my best.”
Pochettino playfully mentioned that his spouse was probably not going to accompany him for a special night in Wolverhampton. “I don’t think I’ll be able to persuade her to come,” he remarked.