Mykhailo Mudryk has dedicated Chelsea's win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup third round to the fans. The 22-year-old winger, who is beginning to find his feet at Stamford Bridge, was given a standing ovation from the home support for his performance against the Seagulls.
Mudryk played a major role in helping the Blues secure a place in the next round against Blackburn Rovers before he was eventually replaced by Raheem Sterling with 20 minutes left on the clock. After the game, the Ukraine international posted an image to his Instagram story to mark the occasion, with the caption: «So happy for our fans. that win for y'all. y'all deserved this.»
Despite initially struggling to impress following his move from Shakhtar Donetsk in January, Mudryk has proven that he can be a key player for Mauricio Pochettino. Ahead of the clash against Brighton, the former Tottenham boss revealed that he's enjoyed getting to know the Ukrainian.
«With Mudryk, I like to play sometimes to [hit] the crossbar from outside the box,» Pochettino said. «He said to me, 'I don't want to play any more with you because you always win'. I said 'yes, because I have the belief, and the balance between belief and quality I know very well because I'm 50 years old. You're still young and you need to know yourself'.
»Today [Tuesday] was the first day we draw, because I always won. Now you start to believe in yourself, believe in your quality. If not, it's difficult to balance belief and quality."
Pochettino will be hoping that Mudryk drew great confidence from the standing ovation he received against Brighton. Ahead of the Seagulls tie, the Chelsea manager admitted that some of his players had been struggling with their confidence on the pitch.
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