Chelsea manager admits his team were worse in attack and defence – but he’s got nobody left to blame

Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking to the media after Chelsea’s latest late capitulation, and as you’d expect, he was totally deflated.

Sheffield United equalised twice, including one in extra time, to leave Pochettino and his team looking silly once again. The Blues coach was realistic about the result, saying it was “painful” because his team hadn’t even deserved to win. He freely admitted that the Blades had been the better team, and that a draw was fair:

“I want to say the draw is a fair result. Even if we control and have possession, we didn’t create enough. We didn’t show the capacity to be solid and be strong. That is the painful situation,” the Chelsea coach said plainly in his post-match presser.

It’s good that he’s honest and pretending that we deserved anything more than a draw from the game – in fact, in some ways a draw was generous. He’s right, both in attack and in defence we weren’t good enough.

The problem is that this was a game against the worst team in the league – in fact, the worst team in this league for years. And they both attacked and defended better than us. What does that say about his coaching? He will once again turn to excuses about a lack of experience in the team, and claiming he needs time, but the reality is that he’s had a whole season and the defending is getting worse, not better. His squad is as close to fully fit as it’s been, and he’s had 9 months working with this group.

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  1. Poor decision making in subtitutions.
    Poor formation change and some players playing in false positions i.e Callager against the Blades whereas we had Sterling and Misha on bench.

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