Every word Mauricio Pochettino said on Chelsea win, Reece James, his future, turning a corner

Mauricio Pochettino
Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino -Credit:Oli Scarff

Mauricio Pochettino faced the media after Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest in dramatic fashion at the City Ground.

The Blues left it until the 82nd minute to get the winning goal with Nicolas Jackson heading into the net to complete a stunning fight-back. Raheem Sterling had equalised moments before after Callum Hudson-Odoi put Forest ahead in the second-half.

Mykhailo Mudryk gave Chelsea the initial lead just eight minutes in but Willy Boly headed past Djordje Petrovic to level the match before the half-time whistle in the sunny Nottingham. Here is how Pochettino reacted to the victory.

From what was said yesterday, are you perfectly happy where you are?

"I never said I am not happy. I never said that. I said maybe I am not happy, maybe I am happy. But it's normal, the headline. Sometimes too much honesty when I'm talking but it's not a problem.

"I have one year more on my contract. Like I said yesterday, I'm thinking always in long-term, thinking that it's going to be for life here. We are professional, we try to win games. We are trying to make the owners happy and the staff. I am responsible for all of the staff at the training ground in Cobham. I try to make the players happy and the fans. That is my job. Easy [laughs]. So easy."

It wasn't the easiest atmosphere to play in. But you must be happy with your players?

"It's true that today they were celebrating. Full credit to Nottingham Forest to be one season more in the Premier League with all of the circumstances. I want to congratulate Nuno and all of the staff and the club because they have done a fantastic job.

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"It's always difficult to play against a team that is celebrating because the freedom of the players is always there, a better performance and they have more energy. We started the game and we scored and then we conceded a goal which we cannot concede in this way.

"I think we controlled the game but they were very dangerous in the transition. They have very good players, so fast and they created when we take risks. Always you need talented players, players from the bench to make a big impact like happened today and a little bit lucky to win the game.

"I'm so happy because the important thing is always to believe and never give up. The team showed their resilience and maturity to fight until the end and I am so pleased because maybe you cannot perform like we did against West Ham and Tottenham.

"In this type of game, you need to be a bit more mature and at the same time to play a different type of football. That is important if you want to be in a higher position in the league table."

Reece James got an assist. How massive is it to have him back?

"Massive. It's unlucky there are only two games ahead and it's one week. It is important for him to recover for his feelings and he is such an important player for us. He is our captain. We all love him. Yes, important, and to see whether he will be fit and have a chance of making the Euros."

Do you think he has a chance of making the Euros squad?

"We have one more week to work. He is doing well in the training sessions. After four or five months, he's not the same to train and compete but if he has the possibility to do that in the next two games, and if his coach in the national team believes he can cope with the competition, I think he will be ready."

Do you think Chelsea have turned a corner?

"You like to see all of the numbers and data. We were punished for the first 10 games, not because of our performances but because we were not clinical enough with the chances we created.

"In these first 10 games, to have between four and eight points more, I think today we would be in a completely different position. If you count the game we played against Tottenham [in November], that was number 10, we have played 26 games [since] and if you start to count from there I think we would be in the top four of five, for sure, with some very good performances.

"That is not because you asked me but to assess the last 26 games, if you put all the circumstances in there and you analyse and assess this season, we are in a clear way going high. Finishing strong is our challenge now to try and achieve to be in Europe next season and start the next season strongly."