Mauricio Pochettino has sent Nicolas Jackson and Malo Gusto a clear message after the duo picked up suspensions during Chelsea's clash with Aston Villa. The 22-year-old striker was shown his fifth yellow card of the Premier League season, meaning he'll miss the Blues' next English top-flight fixture against Fulham on October 2.
Jackson will, however, remain available for selection when Chelsea lock horns with Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round on Wednesday, September 27. As for Malo Gusto, he was given his marching orders against Villa just minutes later for a dangerous challenges on Lucas Digne.
The Blues defender flew into a tackle on his fellow countryman near the touchline. The referee blew for a foul and initially booked him, but VAR quickly intervened and ordered an on-field review.
Upon further inspection, Gusto was was shown a red card instead of a yellow meaning that he'll now serve a three-match ban. Following Chelsea's defeat to Villa, Pochettino began by offering his verdict on the red card.
«It was on front of me but I didn't see it back – we need to trust the referee and VAR,» said the Blues boss. Then, when asked whether Gusto's tackle was necessary, he replied: «It is our responsibility.
»I am not going to blame and say something against Malo Gusto because sometimes things happen in football but they effect the game."
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On Jackson, Pochettino said: «We were talking, we need to grow up like a team. Nico is young and is feeling the Premier League. Football is about winning but players when they are young need to learn.Read on football.london