Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Aston Villa was their ‘BEST’ performance of the season, claims Mauricio Pochettino… as he hails his side and admits the result ‘came at a very good moment’

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  • Conor Gallagher, Nicolas Jackson and Enzo Fernandez scored to secure the win
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Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to his Chelsea side after their shock 3-1 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Blues and their boss came under huge pressure in the replay at Villa Park after Sunday’s horrific 4-2 defeat by Wolves.

However, against their in-form opponents – who thrashed Sheffield United 5-0 at the weekend – Chelsea were brilliant, going 3-0 up thanks to goals from Conor Gallagher, Nicolas Jackson and Enzo Fernandez, before Moussa Diaby added a late consolation recorded.

And Pochettino spoke to ITV after the game and praised his side, claiming it was their strongest performance of the season.

“I think so (it was the best performance),” he said. “We talked in the dressing room about the feelings with the players. One of the best, maybe the best performance of the season.

Mauricio Pochettino said Chelsea's win over Aston Villa was their best performance of the season

Mauricio Pochettino said Chelsea’s win over Aston Villa was their best performance of the season

Chelsea put in a superb performance as they toppled Villa 3-1 in a shock result at Villa Park

Chelsea put in a superb performance as they toppled Villa 3-1 in a shock result at Villa Park

‘It came at a really good moment for us and I’m so happy with the show.

‘The way we played pleased me the most. We’re a young team and you always know it’s about being solid and consistent and that’s the hardest thing in a young team.

“Today I was so happy because we have talked a lot in the last few months about the way we had to create and win.

“Before the game, the perception was that the team was all together in the middle, ready to compete and fight and go. It’s always about energy and attitude and today I saw the talent is there.

“Villa are having a fantastic season, but to play the way we did… it’s not the result (that pleases me the most), it’s the way we played and showed our quality.”

Pochettino came under considerable scrutiny following the 4-2 defeat at Wolves, which came after a 4-1 reverse at Liverpool in midweek.

This meant the Blues had already lost 10 league games this season and they dropped to 11th in the standings.

And Pochettino highlighted the struggles his side face but claimed Wednesday’s performance was an example of his side’s potential.

‘Of course it’s difficult, but we’re talking about expectations. We are talking about the youngest team in the Premier League with such high expectations and it is normal for players to feel pressure to play, to perform and to win.

‘It is not easy to manage all these things. I spoke yesterday that there are too many things as a coaching staff that we deal with and it’s hard to explain it to people.

Pochettino came into the game under pressure after Chelsea lost 4-2 to Wolves on Sunday

Pochettino came into the game under pressure after Chelsea lost 4-2 to Wolves on Sunday

The Argentine highlighted the struggles his side faced but said he was optimistic for the future

The Argentine highlighted the struggles his side faced but said he was optimistic for the future

‘But with this performance, it makes us very satisfied. All the people who believed from the beginning can now feel it is true.

‘The confidence of the players and the belief of players in us is there. 200 percent. The performance pleased me the most and that is why I am so optimistic.’

He continued: ‘I know people are not patient and in a club like Chelsea you have to win and people don’t want to hear circumstances and excuses.

‘But we are not that Chelsea anymore. This is a new project, these things can happen and the people have to believe and if they believe fantastically and if not, you know what will happen.’