“Works both ways” – Pochettino explains how to turn Stamford Bridge into a fortress again

Stamford Bridge used to be a stadium that any team in the world would fear coming to.

Chelsea used to be a team that any club in the world would fear playing against.

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Getting drawn against Chelsea in any competition, especially if it was at Stamford Bridge, would send shivers down the spine’s of any club at one point in recent history.

Chelsea used to be a club at the very top and they grew used to success and fans grew used to winning matches, especially at Stamford Bridge.

Those days, for now at least, are long gone.

Goals from Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbeumo for Brentford to beat Chelsea on Saturday have left them on a barren run of one home league win in 13 matches, with Thomas Frank’s sides having won twice at Stamford Bridge across those seven months.

Pochettino has been asked how they can turn Stamford Bridge into a fortress once again.

As reported by The Evening Standard, Pochettino stated: “It is about creating a good atmosphere.

“You need to be in the right way with the fans and the team. The team needs to translate ideas that fans can trust.

“Of course, it works both ways and it is only a matter of time because we have so many talented players but we are still so young as a team.

“Of course, it is not easy to build trust, be mature and accept sometimes. Sometimes the game is going in a direction you don’t want but you have to be calm as a character and say, ‘Hey, let’s play the way we should play the game’. For that to happen, you need time and it is about the maturity to get it.

“This is not about the mentality of the club and badge because Chelsea is built on victories and a strong mentality to win.

“It is not about the badge, club or fans. It’s about the team being young and we need to match this level of capacity to compete always at your best.”

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