Mauricio Pochettino Struggling Early in His Chelsea Career
Mauricio Pochettino has had a difficult start to his tenure at Stamford Bridge as the new manager of Chelsea Football Club. With just two wins in his first seven matches, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss is struggling to find success in his new role. Arsenal hero Paul Merson believes Pochettino has the same problem as the last two managers at Chelsea – Frank Lampard and Graham Potter – not knowing his best team.
Merson believes that with the enormous amount of incoming and outgoing transfers over the last year at Chelsea, it is understandable that things are confused. However, he feels that Pochettino must work out his best team to have a chance of success. He noted that the three matches they have won in 21 were Bournemouth the week after they stayed up last season, beat Wimbledon in the League Cup, and beat Luton. No disrespect to Luton, but at home you’re expected to beat them.
Merson feels a number of the young players Chelsea have brought in under their current owners are not good enough, and believes they still lack strength in depth. He noted that Nicolas Jackson has been struggling in attack, but there has been no option to replace him.
Chelsea’s Need for Experience
Merson believes that Chelsea need to bring in more experience in January if Pochettino is to have any chance of success. He noted that if you don’t have a good centre-forward, you don’t win anything, and Chelsea don’t have one. He likes Jackson, but he’s a young lad and should have been taken out of the firing line by now, but they haven’t got anybody.
It remains to be seen if Pochettino will be given the time to turn things around at Chelsea, but it is clear that he needs to find his best team if he is to have any chance of success. The club needs to bring in more experienced players in January if they are to have any chance of competing for trophies this season.
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