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Heskey: surprised if Pochettino denied time to rebuild Chelsea

Emile Heskey would be surprised if Mauricio Pochettino isn’t given time to rebuild Chelsea, given the signs of improvement under the ex-Tottenham boss.

Since Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital assumed control 18 months ago, Chelsea have invested over £1 billion in the transfer market. However, their performance has been inconsistent since they embarked on another spending spree ahead of Pochettino’s first campaign in charge.

Despite a subpar beginning under the Argentine, Chelsea has displayed promising signs in recent weeks. They convincingly defeated nine-man Tottenham 4-1 in a remarkable London derby and engaged in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Manchester City last Sunday.

In the latter game, which marked the first instance in the Premier League with four equalizing goals since the iconic 4-4 draw between Liverpool and Arsenal in April 2009, Cole Palmer converted a 95th-minute penalty to prevent his former club from securing victory.

Five points behind the Premier League’s top six as they entered the November international break, Chelsea began to display positive signs. Emile Heskey believes that Todd Boehly will exercise greater patience with Mauricio Pochettino compared to his predecessors, Graham Potter and Thomas Tuchel.

Heskey believes Chelsea didn’t get what they deserved during the current season

Heski told Stats Perform: “If you haven’t negotiated that you need time at Chelsea, a club that was going through so much turmoil at that time, it would be silly.

“I’d be very surprised if he hasn’t gone through that with them; ‘We need time to actually build this and make sure we’ve got the time’. 

“The reality is that if you look at some of their games, they’ve battered teams but not won. So there’s something else there in play where the confidence of the players to go and finish, they’ve lost that. 

“You can’t say that you created 26 chances and not scored. There’s something right there because you’re creating 26 chances, but something’s fundamentally wrong when that composure to finish isn’t there. 

“That could be with the stadium, the crowd, the tension that comes with that. They’ve never had it before because you’ve had all these top forwards who were just banging in goals. 

“They were ruthless. They were relentless. Now they haven’t got that, they need something. 

“They’ve got players that need an arm around them, and they’ve got players that are low on confidence. How do you bring them back up?”

Russell Murray
Russell Murray
Russell Murray is a passionate football journalist whose heart beats to the rhythm of the beautiful game. With an insatiable appetite for all things football, Russell is always seeking to capture the essence of the sport. Also, he strongly believes that Guti and Diego Milito never received the recognition they deserved for their contributions to football.
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