Chelsea players need time and patience – Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino acknowledges that Chelsea is introducing an excessive number of young players simultaneously into a team that lacks solidity. However, he remains optimistic that with time and patience, these players will find their footing and contribute positively.
Pochettino recently discussed the challenges of molding his youthful Chelsea squad after their 2-0 victory against Fulham. One breakthrough came from £88.5m winger Mykhailo Mudryk, who scored his first competitive goal for Chelsea since joining in January. Additionally, 22-year-old striker Armando Broja, making his first start after recovering from a serious knee injury, added to Chelsea’s success.
Their quick goals in the first half secured a second consecutive win, following a disappointing start to the season. When questioned about Mudryk, Pochettino emphasized the importance of maturity and adaptation, acknowledging that it takes time for young players to settle, especially when they join a team that lacks stability.
He emphasized the need to trust these talented young players and take measured steps towards improvement, even when facing setbacks. Pochettino stressed the significance of patience, especially in moments of adversity, and the importance of building confidence and belief in the team.
Despite the victory, Chelsea encountered a couple of injury concerns during the match, with Mudryk leaving at halftime due to a quad issue, and Moises Caicedo being substituted late in the game due to a contusion. Pochettino expressed hope that these injuries are not severe.