Chelsea owners ‘welcome’ to enter locker room – Pochettino

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Chelsea co-owners Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly were welcomed into the team’s locker room after the match, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday.

The west London club, who sit 14th in the Premier League with five points from six games, have struggled since their change of ownership last year and recorded their lowest league finish since 1994 last season.

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After their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on Sunday, co-controller Malik Eghbali reportedly entered the team’s locker room.

Last season, co-owner Bohelio came under fire for entering the locker room after a Chelsea loss.

“I like it when the owner comes [into the locker room]. I think it’s better for Malik to come to the dressing room. “The way they approach the players is the most important thing,” Pochettino told a news conference ahead of Wednesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Brighton & Hove Albion.

“If they’re in a good and encouraging way, I think they’re very welcome… I don’t see it as a bad thing. It’s always good for me if they share with us. [the coaching staff] Then you can say hello to the players.

“If they came for some speech or something different, it might be different. The way they came, of course they were very welcoming. They own the club, they can do whatever they want.”

Pochettino urged his side to lift the mood at Stamford Bridge with a strong display in the Carabao Cup and said: “That’s one of our objectives this season. We need to think this is an opportunity to win a trophy.

“Perhaps the feelings are not the best after the loss on Sunday but I think it is for the players to gain confidence and belief going forward.

“It’s a different competition and we have to change our mood. Yesterday and today we’ve been talking a lot — trying to breathe more confidence into the team — and I think we’re going to be ready for tomorrow.”

Pochettino has confirmed the departure of Bruno Salter from Chelsea’s coaching set-up.

Salter, who joined Chelsea from Brighton last season alongside former manager Graham Potter, took charge of the club for one game following Potter’s sacking before becoming part of Frank Lampard and Pochettino’s coaching staff.

“It was a decision between the club and Bruno,” Pochettino said. “He was not part of my coaching staff and then it was the best decision for him and the club.”

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