After Chelsea players squabble over penalty in 6-0 win over Everton, Mauricio Pochettino laments ‘sad situation’  

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino called his players' debate over who would take a penalty a “sad situation” after a 6-0 win over Everton.  

Cole Palmer, who scored his fourth goal of Monday's Premier League game, won the penalty when the dispute erupted.  

Palmer, Chelsea's usual penalty taker, felt responsible, as did Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke.  

As the trio tussled, captain Conor Gallagher took Madueke's ball and gave it to Palmer.  

Chelsea took a 5-0 lead at Stamford Bridge when the striker calmly slid the ball into the bottom-left corner.  

Unfortunately, I believe we cannot act this way. After the game, Pochettino told Sky Sports, "I told them that this is the last time I accept this type of behavior."  

"I told them and now you, the fans, and everyone that Cole Palmer is the taker," he said.  

Palmer can give the ball to someone else, but not this way. The scenario is heartbreaking, and I won't allow it to happen again."  

Palmer, 21, the Premier League's joint-top scorer with 20 goals, minimized the matter.  

“I’m the penalty taker and I wanted to take it so I did,” he told Sky Sports. “But I think we're just showing that everyone wants to take responsibility and stuff.  

“Maybe the argument was over the top, but everyone wants to win and help, it's nothing major. We laughed and joked.”  

After Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made a terrible mistake, the England international scored a flawless hat-trick in the first half against Everton. His first goal was a left-footed shot, his second a header, and his third a brilliant right-footed lob.  

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