Reece James news: What did Mauricio Pochettino make about James’ return from injury?

The 24-year-old was named captain of the team at the start of the season but was not been able to play regularly owing to injuries.

Reece James in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ChelseaFC
By Karthik Raman | May 13, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Reece James could not have picked a better way to return from a lengthy injury absence. The 24-year-old was named captain of the team at the start of the season but was not been able to play regularly owing to injuries. The academy graduate’s involvement in the squad was significantly affected due to his injury record this season. After a long break, the English international returned to action at the weekend in some style.

With Chelsea losing 2-1 against Nottingham Forest, Mauricio Pochettino introduced Reece James to the pitch as a substitute. He had an instant impact, as the Blues came from behind to register a 3-2 win, with James setting up Nicolas Jackson for the eventual winner. Pochettino was understandably over the moon with the impact James made in the important win.

Mauricio Pochettino on Reece James’ return

Asked about the impact of James’ return, Pochettino, quoted on the club’s website, said in his post-match press conference, “It is massive. It is unlucky that we only have two more games ahead and one week. But it is important for him to recover his feelings [for football]. He is such an important player for us, he is our captain and we all love him. It is important for us to see if he can be fit to have the chance to play in this summer’s Euros.”

Later, the Chelsea manager expressed his happiness with the belief his side showed in not giving up till the end. He was particularly not pleased with the first goal which Chelsea conceded on the day. “We scored a goal and then we conceded a goal that they cannot score in that way. Then it was really tough and it was an even game. We were controlling the game but they were very dangerous in transition and had very good players that go into transition so fast, and we took some risks and they created some chances,” he explained.

Pochettino added: “Always you need talented players and players from the bench who make a big impact like they did today and be a bit lucky to win games. Today we had all the ingredients. I am happy because the important thing is always to believe and never give up. The team showed resilience and maturity to fight until the end. That is why I am so pleased. Maybe we didn’t perform like we did against West Ham or Tottenham but in this type of game, you need to be more mature and play another type of football that is important too if you want to be in a higher position in the table.”

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