Pochettino targets defensive improvement ahead of Everton clash

Posted : 09 December 2023

Chelsea's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has emphasized the need for his team to address defensive vulnerabilities against aerial threats and crosses as they prepare to face Everton.

 

With Chelsea currently positioned 10th in the Premier League, Pochettino is wary of Everton's striker, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, known for his physicality and prowess in the air. Chelsea has shown susceptibility to crosses in recent matches, conceding headers in their last four league games.

 

During the week, Pochettino focused training on situations involving crosses, recognizing the importance of pressuring the crosser to prevent quality deliveries. The manager expressed his disappointment in conceding goals in this manner and stressed the necessity of significant improvement in handling such situations. Identifying weaknesses in their defensive approach, Pochettino aims to rectify these issues to enhance the team's overall performance.

 

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Pochettino also highlighted the development needs of Chelsea's midfield pair, Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo, who were signed for a combined fee exceeding £220 million.

 

Acknowledging the challenges of adapting to the high expectations at Chelsea, Pochettino emphasized the duo's youth and the pressure associated with being part of the solution for the team. He sees their integration as a gradual process, emphasizing that building a strong partnership and understanding within the team will contribute to future success.

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