BREAKING NEWS: “I can’t bench him for you no matter how bad he plays, he will always start all matches for Chelsea except when he’s injured”- Mauricio Pochettino says he has an untouchable player he can never sub off after snubbing a player who was already on the touch line against Newscattle.

The Club is looking up to him regardless of his mistakes

Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson revealed this week how Pochettino forced him to do extra running as punishment for a ban.

Jackson was hit with a one-match suspension for picking up five yellow cards in his first six Premier League games.

And he was despatched to do gruelling extra laps of the training ground as a result by Chelsea’s taskmaster manager.

Jackson said: ‘One day I was running I didn’t know why. They just called me out to run. It was laps, really hard, the intensity, then I was lying down when I finished.

‘The coach spoke to me and told me to be careful. When you show a card, you get a yellow card. I’m planning to change that.’

But Pochettino is serving a touchline ban himself against Newcastle on Saturday after being booked for having a go at the referee in matches against Brighton, Burnley and Manchester City this season.

And the Chelsea boss joked that he has chosen a different punishment to the one he meted out to Jackson.

Pochettino said: ‘He needed to run! And for me? I am going to pay for a dinner.

‘I am going to pay for a dinner because I get suspended now. Because I cannot run… I would prefer to pay!

‘I am taking the players and staff out for a barbeque. It will be a lot!’

Pochettino also revealed how he has vowed to get tough with Cole Palmer – to push him out of his comfort zone.

Palmer, who has been involved in six goals in his past five league games, played for England against Malta and North Macedonia.

But Pochettino wants to keep him grounded, saying: ‘It’s about pushing them to keep outside of their comfort zone.

‘After playing a few games well, because we are only human beings, we find this comfortable zone.

‘So our responsibility is to push him every day to the uncomfortable zone – and being tough with the players.’

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