helsea have a brand new supervisor and nearly a completely new staff, however the identical issues.
Mauricio Pochettino‘s facet had been booed off for a second consecutive match after their tough begin to the season continued with a goalless draw at Bournemouth yesterday. Vice-captain Ben Chilwell went over to apologise to supporters and quell rising anger within the away finish.
Big possibilities had been squandered by Nicolas Jackson, Conor Gallagher and Levi Colwill, whereas Raheem Sterling hit the bar with a wonderful free-kick within the second half. Chelsea may have received it, however in the end didn’t management the match and had been simply as disappointing as they had been unfortunate
Mykhailo Mudryk was energetic on the ball, however his erratic motion and positional play unsettled Chelsea on his first begin of the season.
Jackson is their most important No9, however he seems to be dropping confidence recreation by recreation, having scored simply as soon as in six matches, whereas Sterling appears overburdened round such younger attackers.
Pochettino tried to win the match from his bench by bringing on Cole Palmer, Ian Maatsen and Chilwell, however Chelsea had been outgunned by Bournemouth’s bench. Opposing supervisor Andoni Iraola introduced on higher gamers, which led to 2 late possibilities for striker Dominic Solanke.
Pochettino bemoaned his substitute choices, with two goalkeepers, Djordje Petrovic and Lucas Bergstrom, joined by 4 academy gamers — Alex Matos, Ronnie Stutter, Alfie Gilchrist and Deivid Washington — on the bench.
It’s exceptional that regardless of spending £1billion since they had been taken over final summer season (albeit having offered round £400m value of expertise) it has come to this. Chelsea’s huge spending has not improved their squad.
13 internationals left in the summertime and 11 youthful gamers joined to create the youngest squad within the Premier League, averaging simply 23.5 years. Lesley Ugochukwu yesterday turned the thirty seventh participant to begin a Premier League match for Chelsea in 2023, the membership unsurprisingly utilizing extra gamers than any of their rivals.
Chelsea have had extra starters than targets (28) or factors (25) this 12 months, which highlights the turbulence at Stamford Bridge. Every new participant wants a sure period of time to adapt to the stress, degree and expectation demanded by supporters. Accidents are additional undermining Pochettino, after Moises Caicedo, Noni Madueke and Marc Cucurella all pulled out forward of kick-off.
They joined a brand new 12-strong harm listing, with star gamers Reece James, Christopher Nkunku and Wesley Fofana additionally amongst these out injured.
Simply six video games into his Chelsea reign, Pochettino faces the identical issues as predecessors Graham Potter, Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel. His good pre-season work in the USA was constructed round gruelling coaching periods that may permit his staff to play his high-energy soccer. That health and cohesion has been undone by accidents and his system is getting much less efficient week by week.
It’s feeding into exterior negativity which is threatening to undo the staff spirit he has tried to foster and the stress is just going to ramp up forward of a testing run of video games.
As fan opinion slowly turns, Pochettino has gone from not ruling out a title problem to being more and more forthright about Chelsea’s present plight.
“I’ve nothing to say,” he stated when requested concerning the response of the followers. “They’ll do no matter they need. We all know what we have to do, we’re sturdy in our perception. We have now had dangerous luck. We had 12 injured at present, plus Noni, Cucurella and Caicedo. Then we’ve 4 younger guys and two keepers on the bench.
“Okay, am I going to cry, am I going to complain? No, I want to just accept this, the problem, and preserve being constructive.”
Chelsea have long-term promise however look ill-equipped to cope with the short-term calls for and issues confronted by Pochettino.