Chelsea, under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino, continues to struggle in the Premier League this season, managing only one win in their last five matches. The team’s woes were on full display at the Vitality Stadium, as they were unable to find a cutting edge and were eventually booed off the pitch. Chelsea has now gone two games without scoring and has only found the back of the net five times in the league this season.
Currently, Chelsea finds themselves in 14th place, much closer to the relegation zone than the coveted top-four spots. Pochettino, who was brought in during the close-season, faces the daunting task of cleaning up the mess left by previous managers Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter, and Frank Lampard, all of whom had tumultuous spells in charge last season.
Despite a hefty £350 million spending spree on new signings, Pochettino has struggled to make a significant impact. Injuries have also plagued the team, but Chelsea’s emphasis on signing younger players has left them with a squad lacking the experience needed to see out games.
Pochettino’s initial ambition of challenging for a place in the Champions League this season appears overly optimistic based on the uninspiring performance against winless Bournemouth. While it’s premature to suggest Pochettino is in danger of losing his job, the specter of a short managerial tenure at Chelsea, as seen with Graham Potter, looms large.
In an attempt to turn things around, Pochettino made two changes to the lineup, leaving out big-money summer signing Moises Caicedo and handing teenager Lesley Ugochukwu his first Premier League start. Despite an energetic start, Chelsea’s efforts lacked precision, with missed opportunities from Enzo Fernandez and Raheem Sterling.
Nicolas Jackson came closest to breaking the deadlock, hitting the post from 20 yards. However, Chelsea’s defense looked shaky at times, with Dango Ouattara forcing a fine save from Robert Sanchez.
Conversely, Chelsea had their moments, with Conor Gallagher missing a crucial chance from close range. They thought they had finally taken the lead when Levi Colwill slotted home from a Sterling free-kick, only for it to be disallowed for offside.
As the game progressed, Bournemouth finished stronger, with Axel Disasi narrowly avoiding conceding a penalty. Sanchez made crucial saves to keep Chelsea in the game, denying Dominic Solanke and deflecting Philip Billing’s free-kick just wide. Sterling also had a late opportunity but couldn’t beat Neto with his header, leaving Chelsea to settle for a frustrating 0-0 draw.