Mauricio Pochettino Risks Angering Chelsea Fans with Comment on Team’s Maturity

Mauricio Pochettino Risks Angering Chelsea Fans with Comment on Team’s Maturity

Rene Otinga
updated at April 8, 2024 at 9:14 AM
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  • Chelsea suffered disappointment after a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United
  • This came barely three days after the Blues’ emphatic win over Man United
  • Pochettino hinted his side may not have the maturity to compete every three days

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino risked the wrath of fans after suggesting his team was not mature enough to compete every three days.

Barely days after an emphatic win over Manchester United, Chelsea faced bottom-table Sheffield in an encounter which was expected to be a straightforward one for the Londoners.

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Mauricio Pochettino watching his side against Sheffield Uniteed at Bramall Lane on Sunday, April 7. Photo: George Wood.
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Chelsea were up after 11 minutes through their veteran Thiago Silva, who side-footed Conor Gallagher’s cross, but The Blades drew level just after the hour mark thanks to Jayden Bogle getting the better of Djordje Petrovic at his near post.

According to GOAL, Noni Madueke set his side on course for a win in the 66th minute, but Chris Wilder’s side showed resilience, and it paid off in stoppage time when Oli McBurnie found the net to send Bramall Lane into celebration.

What Pochettino said

From a neutral perspective, Chelsea’s recent fixtures have not been short of entertainment.

However, Chelsea fans have been left wondering what it will take for their team to find some consistency in the league, and Pochettino did little to boost the optimism with his post-match comments.

The Argentine boldly questioned his side’s ‘maturity,’ suggesting that his current team had no mental capacity to compete every three days.

"Watching football at 52 years old, you identify very quick when the team is ready to compete,” he said, as cited on Sky Sports.
"Maybe [it is] because this group is not mature enough to compete in games every three days."

Since the takeover by Clearlake Capital, Chelsea has spent over £1bn in transfers in four transfer windows, with very little to show for it.

Their only hope for silverware this season is the FA Cup, but they face a formidable obstacle in the semi-final against Manchester City.

What next for Chelsea?

With the Blues now in the top half of the table, Pochettino will hope his team can build on their recent results when they take on Everton in their next game on Monday, April 15.

This will be followed by the tie against Manchester City five days later.

Arsenal go top

Sports Brief also reported on how the Premier League table looks like after Arsenal’s win over Brighton and Liverpool’s latest draw against Manchester United.

The Gunners are top of the pile on goal difference, with only one point separating the Gunners from third-placed Manchester City.

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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and TUKO.co.ke.