Chelsea's Struggles Continue, Pochettino Urges Team Growth
Chelsea's turbulent start to the Premier League season persisted with a disheartening 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa on Sunday. Manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed the need for his team to "grow up like a team" in response to their ongoing struggles.
Pochettino's squad, bolstered by significant investments, has encountered a drought in scoring, failing to find the net in their past three matches. This unfortunate streak has left Chelsea languishing in the 14th position, with just one victory from their first six fixtures. This marks their most challenging initiation to a campaign since 1978.
"We need to grow up like a team, not only in an individual way," remarked Pochettino, emphasizing the collective development required to overcome their challenges. He noted that in such games, the aspiration is always to compete and win, but it is also a crucial phase for young players to learn from experiences, including their mistakes.
The manager acknowledged the disappointment stemming from the current state of affairs, with several frustrating situations plaguing the team's performance.
In light of Chelsea's situation, Pochettino acknowledged the disappointment of the club's U.S. owners, who have invested close to one billion pounds ($1.22 billion) in new players since their acquisition of the club last year. He emphasized the importance of their continued support for the club's long-term plan.
Looking ahead, Chelsea's immediate schedule includes a League Cup clash against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, followed by a league encounter with West London neighbors Fulham on October 2. These upcoming matches provide opportunities for the team to regain their footing and rediscover their winning form.