The Argentine says supporters must embrace a new Chelsea (Picture: Getty)
Conor Gallagher gave Chelsea the lead after just 11 minutes with Nicolas Jackson netting not long after, before Enzo Fernandez put the game to bed with a superb free-kick shortly after half-time.
Villa applied late pressure and grabbed a stoppage-time consolation through substitute Moussa Diaby, but the 3-1 win sees Chelsea through to the next round where they will take on Leeds United at Stamford Bridge at the end of the month.
The Blues were in desperate need of a morale-boosting win with Pochettino having been jeered when he arrived at Villa Park.
Shortly before Gallagher’s opener, the travelling fans had also sung the name of former owner Abramovich – just as they did in the second half of Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Wolves.
While Pochettino was full of praise for the encouragement and noise made by Chelsea’s supporters at Villa Park, he feels it is time for them to forget about the old Chelsea and fully embrace his young, up-and-coming side.
At his post-match press conference, the Argentine was asked about Fernandez but went off on a tangent about his vision for the club instead: ‘I think it’s so important, what I told you yesterday, to create a very good energy with our fans, with the club, with the players, because the players need help, they need help from the fans.
Chelsea gave a much-improved display at Villa Park (Picture: Getty)
‘And today the fans were fantastic, with this connection, with this energy, and the players on the pitch showing they care about the club and they want to win and they want to succeed, only good things can happen.
‘We need to stop thinking that we are the Chelsea from the last 20 years, because we are not anymore this type of Chelsea that people believe that.
‘Now we need to move on. And all together we need to create this project, we need to provide this team – which is the youngest team in the Premier League – with the possibility to perform, to find the balance, to be consistent.
‘Not only play well today and then tomorrow only OK, because we are young, we made a mistake, or we believed that we are already there in the level that everyone supposes. That makes me sad because people need to realise that it is not that anymore. Move on. We need to move on. Move on.
‘I don’t care if the people are happy or not happy with my speech, it’s only that I care for the club, I care for my players, I want to help the players. We are a coaching staff that care a lot about the players and we want the best for the players and the club.
‘And we are going to fight. I don’t care what the people are going to say or what the people are going to make noise to try to tackle [what we are building].
Pochettino celebrates with his players after the game (Picture: Getty)
‘And I’m not talking because today it’s easy because we won the game and it’s easy to talk. No, I was talking the same way yesterday. I’m not more sad or happy today after the win than compared to after Wolverhampton because we really know because we have the experience that this type of project needs time and trust.
‘We cannot build a team capable to challenge teams like the others that are fighting for big things in a few months, because you need to fix too many things. You need observe, analyse, compete.
‘See how to compete with this team, with this formation, another formation with this player, another player, different names.
‘And people sometimes say, “No Chelsea need to do this because they invest”. No, no, no. We are building a project that is maybe going to be one year, two years, three years, but in the moment the start of the project is to work and of course after it’s going to be different.’
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