He’s very unselfish – Pochettino praises one Chelsea player

Noni Madueke and Nicolas Jackson
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Mauricio Pochettino was so pleased to see his Chelsea team beat West Ham 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

For Chelsea’s fourth goal, Noni Madueke opted to pass to Nicolas Jackson rather than take a shot himself despite being one-on-one with goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

Pochettino believes it’s a sign of teamwork, as he hailed the unselfish play by Madueke for Jackson to score.

Asked about Madueke in his post-match press conference, Pochettino said: “The assist for Noni to Jackson, that showed we learn, that we are smart.

“The situation with the penalty against Everton, we received so much criticism, but a young team always needs to make mistakes. Always you need to feel this situation to improve.

“Today was a great action from Noni to see how the group has started to believe, how they have started to feel between them. It is always a process that takes time.

“It can take one month, six months or one year but the most important thing is they have started to set the principles, start to live like a group of players to create all the links to compete.

“I am so pleased with that. We are part of this process, to help them to grow, to be more mature and keep improving in every aspect. It is a massive step but it is the step we wanted to reach.

“Now it is to evolve in other aspects and the possibility to go with tactical evolutions and we can improve from there but without principles, it is impossible to evolve in other aspects.”

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