Mauricio Pochettino, the manager of Chelsea Football Club, has provided insight into his perspective on the team’s recent 3-1 defeat against 10-man West Ham United in their second game of the season. Despite the loss, Pochettino maintains an optimistic outlook on Chelsea’s future performance and competitiveness.
Acknowledging that immediate success may not be immediate for the Blues, Pochettino highlighted the challenges of transitioning to a new season after finishing 12th in the previous campaign and undergoing significant changes in both managerial and squad personnel. Notably, five players in the starting XI against West Ham were not part of the Chelsea squad last season.
After securing a 1-1 draw against Liverpool in their opening game, the 3-1 loss to West Ham was viewed as part of the team’s evolution and adjustment process. In his post-match press conference, Pochettino emphasized the importance of finding the right balance and learning from their actions.
Pochettino noted, “Teams like us, we need to get the right balance. I think today there were a few actions we didn’t manage well and we concede. We create many chances and we did well in the first half.” He also acknowledged that certain isolated actions led to conceding goals, making the overall game difficult to explain.
Despite dominating possession with 76%, more passes, and more shots, Chelsea couldn’t convert their performance into a victory. The frustration of missing a penalty further compounded the team’s disappointment.
Pochettino remains resolute in his belief that Chelsea’s season won’t be defined by this loss. Instead, he looks ahead with confidence, expressing his conviction that the team will grow stronger and become highly competitive over the course of the season.
“This is only the beginning. We need to believe in the process. I think we are going to be stronger and for sure be really competitive,” Pochettino stated, reflecting his positive outlook for the team’s future performance.
Looking ahead, Chelsea faces Luton in their next match at Stamford Bridge, offering an opportunity to showcase the attacking potential that Pochettino has been cultivating in the team’s playing style.
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