'So happy for the players' - What Pochettino said

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino to BBC Match of the Day after his side beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup: "It was one of the best performances of the season. I think the players really enjoyed the game and yes, I think we played well against a very difficult team. Aston Villa are doing a terrific job - they are in a position in the top four and they are, I think, the second-best team playing at home.

"Too many things happen when you lose a game. I am older than them and I think I take these things in a different way. But we are Chelsea, we need to accept that Chelsea provoke these things. The expectation is massive. Sometimes the expectation is not easy because we are still a young team. But we are growing in a really good way.

"To be in the final of the Carabao Cup and now in the next round of the FA Cup, I think playing this way we can win more games than we lose.

"We try to find the best words and best way to help the players. We are a group of people working for the same objective. The players are the principle actors on the pitch. We need to provide the best platform for them to perform in a freedom way.

"With a young team it is a challenge to be consistent. We have a few days to recover and think a little bit. That is the way to keep going and fighting. I am so happy for the players. They believe in us and the connection has been good all season, even when the result is not right they are still convinced we can do things."

Did you know?

  • Chelsea have progressed from each of their past five FA Cup replays, while they have now won seven of their past eight FA Cup games away from home.

  • Chelsea have scored more direct free-kicks than any other Premier League side in all competitions this season (three), with Enzo Fernandez the first player for the Blues other than Raheem Sterling (two) to score with one.

  • Conor Gallagher’s goal for Chelsea was both his first in the FA Cup, and first of the season overall, ending a run of 34 games in all competitions for the Blues without scoring.