Pochettino identifies areas of improvement as Chelsea seek consistency

The Blues are currently ranked 10th in the Premier League standings

By Web Desk
December 09, 2023
Mauricio Pochettino admits that his team needs to improve in the air. — AFP

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino identified areas his teams need to improve as the Blues continue to find consistency after spending over €460m in the summer transfer window.

Pochettino, who took the realm at the end of last season, opened up on Chelsea’s recent form after they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

He also analysed the problems with his team, specifically mentioning the team’s ability to defend against aerial threats.

"During the last week we were working on this type of situation," Pochettino told reporters on Friday (December 11).

"I think two things are important to know. We didn't put pressure on the crosser. Then with the quality of the Premier League that we all have, if the ball is there it is difficult to stop.

"We need to improve. Conceding in this way, maybe I am not showing too much emotion, but I am really upset. We need to work much, much better in these situations."

Pochettino added that midfield duo Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, signed for a combined fee of just over 220 million pounds ($276 million), needed to work on improving their partnership.

"They are young. The expectation is massive when you arrive. It's not only the individual expectation but the collective expectation at a club like Chelsea," Pochettino said.

"It is not easy, arriving not in the best place to perform quickly because they need to be part of the solution. They are not the cherry on the cake.

"It's a process, it's going to be a process. The moment is going to arrive that they are going to know better and to create this relationship that will help the team win games.”

It is worth mentioning that Chelsea signed 13 players during the summer but Pochettino has struggled to get his side to play a consistent brand of football. They have only tasted five wins in the Premier League while losing six games and drawing four during the process.

Chelsea play Everton next on Sunday, a win there is much-needed to ease the growing pressure on the manager.