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Pochettino explains why Gilchrist starts + team selection

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Pochettino has been speaking ahead of today’s FA Cup tie against Preston North End.

Pochettino was asked why teenager Alfie Gilchrist has been handed a start ahead of the tie, he said;

“I think this is a good part of his development, to be able to play for Chelsea in front of our fans from the start in a big competition like the FA Cup.”

Pochettino also went onto say how seriously he is taking this competition:

“This is a big competition for us and we want to make sure we get through. We’ve picked a strong team today which we feel is capable of reaching the next round but we know we will have to be at our best to do that because Preston will make it very difficult for us.”

Quotes via the Chelsea app/website:

Kick off is at 5.30pm

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