Mauricio Pochettino is set to face Aston Villa in the Premier League, and the team’s fixtures are getting harder over the horizon.
The team has not received the expected reward from their opening fixtures, and an injury list that fills nearly half of the Premier League squad has calmed the fury of fans. Pochettino has urged for patience, as players need to be settled, feel comfortable, and know each other.
Chelsea midfielders Enzo Fernandez, Robert Sanchez, Axel Disasi, Malo Gusto, Thiago Silva, Levi Colwill, Lesley Ugochukwu, and Enzo Fernandez need time to create links with their teammates.
Mischa Mykhailo Mudryk, Noni Madueke, and Cole Palmer have arrived two days before the transfer window finished, and they need to analyze all of these things.
The supporters at Stamford Bridge are hardwired to success, and little other than three points for just the second time this season will be tolerated on Sunday.
There aren’t too many avenues for the head coach to head down, as injuries still ravage his squad. The players at the forefront of Pochettino’s team are further into the spotlight and under pressure, with few genuine options able to offer much depth from the bench or out of rotation.
To address this issue, Pochettino can focus on perfecting and cleaning up what they have been attempting. Most of the play has been to a good standard but inside or around both boxes and they go to pieces.
Personnel isn’t an option to change, and chances are being created, so Chelsea just need to hope for a bit of luck. However, this won’t cut it for most, especially for a team that spent over £1billion on young players.
The dial will turn to those that are deemed to be closest to the demanded level. Enzo Fernandez, despite not having a rest for club or country for near enough 12 months, will be central to the team’s success against Aston Villa.
Fernandez has been almost the primary source of creativity for his teammates across the pitch, and although Rahee, Sterling is dangerous, it is often when dribbling to take a shot of his own.
Fernandez, whether deep or from high, holds the key to most defenses and chances that Chelsea source. The balance in his positioning simply hasn’t been there yet this season, but Pochettino keen to find him in advanced spaces.
If Caicedo isn’t fit, Fernadez will need to be on top of progressing the ball from the back and through the lines as well as offering a key pass. Lesley Ugochukwu will need to find some more adventurous play if ready.
Ahead of Fernandez and the goalscoring problem, one that has plagued the club for years, has continued despite the brightness of Nicolas Jackson.
Fernandez has created 11 big chances this season, but Jackson has only scored one goal courtesy of Malo Gusto on the right. If he can find the finishing touch to combine with the positivity outside of this, there’s a serious weapon to exploit.
In summary, Mauricio Pochettino’s team needs to focus on improving their players and focusing on their strengths to secure a second league win against Aston Villa.