‘I was so angry!’ – Mauricio Pochettino on Cole Palmer throwing a bottle at him

'Good thing that it didn't damage me!'

‘I was so angry!’ – Mauricio Pochettino on Cole Palmer throwing a bottle at him
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Mauricio Pochettino joked that he will drop Cole Palmer on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he was ‘so angry’ with Cole Palmer for throwing a bottle at him and has joked that he will drop him.

The incident occurred at Stamford Bridge last week as Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal.

Palmer, a £42.5m summer signing from Manchester City, put in an impressive performance and got on the scoresheet but after Arsenal’s 84th-minute equaliser to silence the home fans, he chucked a bottle towards the dugout.

It hit his own boss Pochettino and the 21-year-old hopes that the Argentine will not ‘drop him’ because of his honest mistake after he apologised.

Pochettino, speaking at his press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday’s match against Brentford, has laughed off the incident and joked about dropping Palmer.

‘I was so angry (laughs) because I didn’t expect or see when it came,’ Pochettino said.

‘When I turned and he was like, ‘Sorry!’ – it was a little unlucky. Good thing that it didn’t damage me!’

Palmer, explaining the incident on Tuesday, said: ‘When they (Arsenal) scored their second goal I was getting a drink.

‘I went to throw the bottle away, as you do, but didn’t look. I just saw it loop dead slow and hit the gaffer.

‘I said sorry to him and apologised properly after the game. Hopefully he won’t drop me for that! We get on well. I try to show him every day in training what I can do. Work hard and just try to repay him because he puts a lot of faith in us.’

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