A 4-1 defeat to Newcastle United left Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino “so upset” as his team played their “worst game of the season.”
Eddie Howe’s troops comprehensively outplayed The Blues at St. James’ Park, leading to a torrid afternoon for Chelsea. Alexander Isak secured an early lead for the hosts, but a moment of individual brilliance from Raheem Sterling brought Chelsea back on level terms in the 23rd minute.
Fortunes quickly reversed as Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton, and Anthony Gordon each scored, sealing the three points for Newcastle United. The misery for the West London side deepened with a red card issued to skipper Reece James.
Pochettino was furious on the sidelines, venting out his emotions after the match as he said: “It was our worst game of the season. It was tough to be in the stands. We cannot complain about the result, we did not read the game from the beginning. We did not play how we should play, we showed a lack of intensity and energy. Even after we scored, at 1-1, it was a chance for us to force them to play deep, but it was so easy for Newcastle. That is why I am so upset with the performance.”
Pochettino needs to see a ‘change in dynamic’ following Newcastle loss
The Argentine manager emphasized the necessity for improvement, stating that there is a need to devise an alternative blueprint that would “change the dynamic” of the team.
“It is a young team, they need this type of situation to realise. We will go to the hotel, then train early tomorrow, no time off,” he said. “And We cannot blame the players, it is the team together. We need to understand the level we need to compete and learn about this situation. There are many details, many things that build confidence and strength. We already know what is going on, and we will try to change the dynamic.”
With a week of training at Cobham, Pochettino faces the task of regrouping and refining a disjointed Chelsea before their upcoming Premier League encounter against Brighton on Sunday. Despite not reaching the halfway point of the campaign, the Blues find themselves trailing by 10 points in the race for a Champions League spot.