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Chelsea, which has fallen to 11th place in the English Premier League, is expected to continue to trust its coach for now, making it difficult to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Matt Law, a reporter for the British Telegraph, reported on the 6th, "Chelsea is not yet planning to change its coach during the season, but Mauricio Pochettino is under pressure to improve his team's performance and performance at the same time by the end of this season."
Chelsea, which suffered the worst slump last season, ranked 12th in the league, underwent a major reorganization in the summer. Chelsea appointed Pochettino, who had great success at Tottenham Hotspur, after breaking up with Acting Manager Frank Lampard. Pochettino was the one who reached the UEFA Champions League final when he was a Tottenham player.
Chelsea has also invested a large amount of money to strengthen its players. Its resources such as Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, and N'Golo Kante left Chelsea. They were replaced by young players such as Christoph Nkunku, Moises Caicedo, Nicola Jackson, and Cole Palmer. According to Transfer Market, a global transfer market website, Chelsea spent a total of 467.8 million euros during the summer transfer window.
Contrary to expectations, Chelsea has yet to rebound. Chelsea ranks 11th in the league with nine wins, four draws and 10 losses (31 points). In the previous round against the Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chelsea allowed a whopping four goals and suffered a 2-4 loss. The gap with Aston Villa (14 wins, four draws and five losses, 46 points) is as high as 15 points.
Naturally, doubts about Pochettino are rising. Despite the strong support from the club, Pochettino has rarely achieved results. If this continues, it could be difficult for him to go to the UEFA Europa League, let alone the UEFA Champions League.
Despite Chelsea's sluggishness, Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has no intention of dismissing Pochettino. Boehly already appointed Graham Potter after giving up Thomas Tuchel, but the decision failed. Under these circumstances, dismissing a manager can be a huge burden.
The key issue at hand is the final match of the League Cup. Chelsea is set to play the final match of the League Cup against Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in London, the U.K. on Wednesday. If Chelsea loses the match, suspicions about Pochettino could grow even bigger.
Tuesday, February 6, 2024