Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino is still pleased with goalkeeper Robert Sanchez despite his costly mistake in his side’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal yesterday.

Chelsea managed to go 2-0 up in the London derby at Stamford Bridge, but Robert Sanchez allowed Mikel Arteta’s men to get back into the game after he passed the ball straight to Declan Rice before the midfielder curled the ball into the Spaniard’s net.

However, that did not stop Mauricio Pochettino from praising his shot-stopper when speaking to the Evening Standard and the rest of the English media after the match.

Not everyone gave Sanchez the same treatment, though, with Chelsea legend Pat Nevin criticising the 25-year-old for his error.

Mauricio Pochettino happy with Robert Sanchez despite Arsenal mistake
Sanchez’s poor display against Arsenal did not prevent Pochettino from saying some nice things about his player.

“We are so happy with him,” the Argentine was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard. “Of course he is disappointed and upset with his decision but mistakes happen in football.”

Robert Sanchez punished by Declan Rice
While Pochettino does not seem to be too frustrated with Sanchez, the Chelsea star will not want to see his mistake again.

It was such a sloppy and risky pass he played at a time in the match where he could have just booted the ball.

The Spain international refused to, though, and was absolutely punished by Rice, who guided the ball nicely into the back of the net.

Still, we should not be too harsh on Sanchez. He has done pretty well overall since joining Chelsea from Brighton & Hove Albion in a £25m deal (BBC Sport) over the summer.

Sanchez could not prevent Arsenal from scoring on the day, but he has still managed to keep three clean sheets in the Premier League this season. Only Crystal Palace’s Sam Johnstone and Newcastle United’s Nick Pope have kept more (four), with Pope’s most recent coming against Johnstone’s side yesterday.

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