Chelsea Manager Pochettino attributes high yellow card count to lack of experience

Posted : 26 December 2023

Chelsea's manager Mauricio Pochettino attributed the team's league-high tally of 56 yellow cards to a lack of experience, especially evident in younger players. Ahead of the Premier League game against Crystal Palace, key players Raheem Sterling and Cole Palmer find themselves suspended due to accumulating five yellow cards each during Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Pochettino addressed concerns about the team's discipline, emphasizing that the challenge lies in managing the pressure associated with playing for a prestigious club like Chelsea.


The recent bookings, including those of Nicholas Jackson, Malo Gusto, Connor Gallagher, Marcus Bettinelli, Sterling, and Palmer, reflect the frustration and learning curve for some players. Pochettino defended the squad, stating that it's not a lack of discipline but rather a matter of gaining experience and reading the game situation effectively. He acknowledged that it's Palmer's first season in the Premier League, and such challenges are normal for a player competing at the highest level for a club like Chelsea.


Sitting at 10th in the standings, Chelsea faces Crystal Palace in their next fixture, hoping to address their disciplinary concerns and secure a positive result. Pochettino highlighted the players' dedication and desire to win, indicating that improvement in handling pressure and gaining experience will contribute to a more disciplined performance on the field.


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