Pochettino Issues Verdict on Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez As Chelsea Struggles Continue

Pochettino Issues Verdict on Moises Caicedo, Enzo Fernandez As Chelsea Struggles Continue

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino has called for patience with Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez
  • Chelsea's gameplay remains the same despite the arrival of the big-money midfielders
  • The Blues have collected a paltry 19 points from their first 15 games under Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has called on Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez to improve their relationship on the pitch as he seeks to address Chelsea's woeful run of form.

The star midfield pairing is set to hit the expected notes when the Blues splashed over 200 million euros in transfer fees to acquire them this year.

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Chelsea midfielders Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez warm up ahead of their game against Manchester City on November 12. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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Pochettino has struggled to churn out consistent results, with the latest coming in the form of a 2-1 defeat away to Manchester United on December 6.

The West London side is currently 10th in the Premier League table with 19 points, 11 points off Manchester City in fourth place, and 17 points off leaders Arsenal.

The arrival of Caicedo from Brighton in the summer was expected to turn around the fortunes of the club, with the Ecuadorian linking up with World Cup winner Fernandez.

Pochettino on Caicedo, Fernandez

The duo is, however, yet to click as required and were practically non-existent at Old Trafford as Scott McTominay scored twice.

"The relationship between them needs to improve, between them and individually. They are young. The expectation is massive when you arrive. It's not only the individual expectation but the collective expectation at a club like Chelsea," said Pochettino, as quoted by Evening Standard.

The former Paris Saint-Germain head coach has backed the two midfielders to come good with time.

"The moment is going to arrive that they are going to know better and to create this relationship that will help the team win games."

Chelsea travel to Goodison Park on December 10 to face a high-flying Everton, who, despite the 10-point deduction, have already wriggled their way out of the relegation zone.

Pochettino pinpoints Chelsea's problem

Sports Brief previously reported that Pochettino pinpointed Chelsea's problem after Villa's defeat, indirectly calling out misfiring striker Nicolas Jackson, who has picked up more cards than goals.

Jackson received his fifth booking of the season in the sixth game, having scored just one goal. It's baffling for the manager who rued their lack of cutting edge in the final third as the reason for their downfall.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)