Mauricio Pochettino views Chelsea’s 3-1 victory against Aston Villa as a potential catalyst for his team to rejuvenate their faltering campaign.
The timing of the victory couldn’t have been better, coming after the Blues were jeered by fans following their previous match—a 4-2 defeat to Wolves that left them languishing in 11th place.
Chelsea’s struggles to maintain consistency this season have been exacerbated by the weighty expectations placed on a young squad, especially considering the club’s hefty £1 billion investment in transfers.
Nonetheless, they convincingly overcame a Villa side currently positioned in the top four and had recently enjoyed an unbeaten home streak lasting nearly a year.
“Before (Villa) we had some good performances, but we are not consistent enough,” said Pochettino. “Maybe it could be the starting point for us, starting to be consistent and to show more often this type of performance.
“Always we believe (we can find) momentum and be consistent. Many things from the players and from the team (show we can be consistent).
Pochettino praised Enzo Fernandez for blockbuster performance against Villa
“I hope it’s going to be a very good thing for us. I think the players deserve, they’re working hard from the start of the season. This type of game showed our capacity and our talent. We have a very good squad.
“We need to put it all together, behave the way that we behave, approach the game in the way that we approach. There are many good things we need to keep for the future.”
Enzo Fernandez sealed a magnificent victory by curling a free-kick into the top corner, leaving his Argentina compatriot Emiliano Martinez helpless shortly after the halftime break.
“It was only a matter of time,” said Pochettino. “I think Conor and Enzo, they are so good. They work a lot, always committed to the team and to the club.
“Great for Conor, great for Enzo also. They deserve to feel this way, to feel happy, to enjoy playing football. These two guys, they’ve worked so hard to try to perform. I’m so pleased with the performance from them.”