Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he doesn't feel loved by Chelsea supporters but completely understands their position given results this season.
Pochettino arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer with the goal of leading Chelsea back towards the top of the Premier League table, but there have yet to be any real improvements on the field and his side remain in the bottom half of the standings.
It has led to a frosty atmosphere at times — some supporters have chanted the name of former boss Jose Mourinho during games — and Pochettino believes Chelsea fans are right to feel frustrated towards his team.
Asked whether he is feeling the love, Pochettino told : «No, no, I need to be honest with you, no because I understand they were winning the Champions League, they won cups, the Premier League. Why are the fans going to love me after six, seven months?
»We are in a final but we are not in a good position in the table in the Premier League. I think at the moment I feel the respect from the fans, I see them on the street and they are all nice to me, but I cannot lie."
Pochettino also admitted that he has had to take a different approach to working with this youthful Chelsea squad this season, insisting there is more to being a manager than simply managing the squad.
«I always think it is about reading the situation and listening to other coaches and you need to evolve,» he reflected. «The kids are not the same as 20 years ago. It's easy to come here and be very tough and shout and talk and say things that maybe make me feel good because I can shout and scream, but I think it has zero impact on the player.
»I think you need to touch, unlock, talk. I put them in front of a mirror and say look what do you want to see, in which wayRead on 90min.com