Eight goals were scored in two matches, which included a dramatic tie against European champions Manchester City and a victory against the previously unbeaten Tottenham Hotspurs. It’s fair to argue that there has been a positive shift in the narrative surrounding Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure as Chelsea manager. Although it’s crucial to avoid drawing hasty judgments about the Blues’ recuperation, their recent performances clearly point to a bright future.
Christopher Nkunku and Romeo Lavia will also be a welcome addition to the CFC team after the conclusion of the international break. It’s no secret that Chelsea’s current predicament makes coaching the team one of the most challenging jobs in football, but Pochettino has cause for optimism.
1. Sticking to a consistent core of players
Chelsea Football Club has undergone major changes after the entrance of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival, on the other hand, has brought much-needed stability to the team. Pochettino has developed a core group of players in whom he has faith, and he rarely makes significant changes to his starting lineup unless forced to do so by injuries. Raheem Sterling, Cole Palmer, and Nicolas Jackson are the Blues’ three most in-form players. Despite initial criticism for keeping to three central defenders, the Blues’ Stamford Bridge clash with Manchester City demonstrated that sticking to the core personnel will pay benefits. The establishment of a recognised core will maintain constructive competition and a clear meritocracy.
2. Restoring a Tactical Identity
Chelsea’s tactical identity has been critical to their success, and Mauricio Pochettino’s approach to the Premier League’s top clubs has shown promise. Pochettino’s game plan entails pressuring high off the ball, creating errors, and exploiting forward areas. Conor Gallagher has profited from this, as he has led the Blues’ pressing and improved his ball distribution. Chelsea’s attacking squad has scored 16 goals in their last six games, with players such as Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling, and Nicolas Jackson adopting Pochettino’s ideas. Pochettino’s lone remaining tactical flaw is the Blues’ inability to score against teams defending in a low block.
3. Excellent Man Management
Due to mismanagement, there has been an increase in youth acquisitions and a decrease in squad size after the entrance of new ownership. New signings, on the other hand, have bolstered the ranks. Due to injuries, there has been increased squad rotation and experimenting with underutilised players. A positive mood has been restored among the players and the crowd, with players believing Pochettino will help them progress. Unlike last season, there have been no indications of player discontent, and the majority of the squad has showed a commitment to staying and battling for their spot.