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Pochettino urges Chelsea to match Luton’s desire to win at home

Mauricio Pochettino has urged his Chelsea players to match Luton’s resilience and prepare for a true football challenge at Kenilworth Road in their upcoming match on Saturday.

The visitors have faced difficulties on the road, losing four consecutive away games in the Premier League and failing to secure a win since their victory against Tottenham in early November.

In contrast, Luton, led by Rob Edwards, enters the match with two consecutive victories, narrowing the gap to safety. A win in the upcoming game could temporarily lift them out of the relegation zone, with other teams playing later in the day.

Despite the allure of the football romanticism associated with Kenilworth Road, Pochettino cautioned his team to expect a tough battle against Luton, emphasizing the need to break their away losing streak against a spirited opponent under Edwards.

“I’m an old man, I am romantic,” he said. “I love football of the past and this kind of stadium makes you remember when I started to play.

“It’s a stadium that smells different. It’s not luxury in the way that we recognise luxury today. This type of stadium is one where you love to be there. It’s history, it’s completely different.

Pochettino is moved by Luton’s cozy stadium

“Today we are living in a different era, but when you go there, you feel real football.

“We need to go to Luton thinking that it’s going to be really tough. The stadium, the fans, it’s a team that loves to fight and work really hard.

“If we want to get a good result, we need to be ready of course to play football, but we need to match the desire, the capacity to fight for every single ball. It’s going to be a good test for us.”

Chelsea will evaluate the fitness of Mykhailo Mudryk and Romeo Lavia before the upcoming match, as both players sustained injuries in Wednesday’s 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace. Mudryk, who scored Chelsea’s first goal in the first half, was substituted with 20 minutes remaining, while Lavia, making his debut and entering the game for the final half-hour, was observed struggling towards the end.

“Lavia felt some issue and we need to check,” said Pochettino. “I’m a little bit worried.

“I changed his position at the end because he was struggling to run. I hope it’s not a big issue. It’s going to be a shame if we can’t use him in the next few days.”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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