Mauricio Pochettino guided Chelsea to a thrilling 4-2 victory over Newcastle United in a penalty shootout, after Mykhailo Mudryk’s dramatic equalizer in the 92nd minute secured a spot in the League Cup semi-finals.
Chelsea had been through a difficult period, losing three of their last five games, including a 4-1 setback to Newcastle. However, their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge demonstrated their renewed tenacity and grit, indicating a much-needed turnaround.
In an exciting turn of events, the Magpies appeared to be winning 1-0 until replacement Kieran Trippier failed to intercept a crucial cross, which allowed Mudryk—also a substitute—to tie the score. Fans were on the edge of their seats as the game went into a thrilling penalty shootout as a result of this stunning change of events.
Pochettino; “We are so happy. The fans and the club deserve this sort of feeling. It’s a big motivation,” and further added “Sometimes in football you need some luck and it came. But credit to the players because they were fantastic.” an article from straitstime.com mentioned.
England defender Trippier’s misery escalated on a tense evening when he mishandled Newcastle’s second penalty kick. Matt Ritchie’s effort was skillfully stopped by Chelsea’s Djordje Petrovic, only the second goalkeeper to start for the Blues, which only made the loss worse.
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