Chelsea fans online were left in dismay by Mauricio Pochettino’s press conference today.
The coach made a few mistakes. Firstly, he fell back on the same excuses we’ve heard time and again to explain his team’ struggles: a lack of experience, a need for time working together, the youth of the squad at his disposal.
These reasons explain perfectly well why his team aren’t going to be title contenders this year – but they don’t explain why there’s been a total lack of improvement in the team’s collective play since the coach’s arrival in the summer. Even if he was coaching a squad of 16 year olds, you’d expect them to at least be doing better now than they were in August.
Then there was the way that Pochettino denied what we had all heard with our own ears when Ben Chilwell said after the defeat to Wolves on Sunday that his team had been second best and hadn’t had the same desire as their opposition.
Ultimately what fans want is results, and if they don’t get results they want to see progress. If they don’t see either of those two things, and you can’t provide a convincing reason, you’re digging your own grave when you come into a press conference and trip over your own feet like this.