Mauricio Pochettino was ‘disappointed’ with the Chelsea full-backs during the Bournemouth draw.
At the Vitality Stadium, where they were forced to settle for a scoreless draw after missing numerous good chances, the Blues’ slow start to the new season continued.
In fact, the result may have been worse if Robert Sanchez hadn’t made two outstanding stops, denying Andoni Iraola his first victory against the Cherries manager.
While Ben Chilwell, who was added as a late substitute, Levi Colwill, and Malo Gusto all gave subpar displays, Pochettino was eager to highlight the positives.
“They [the full-backs] try to go forward too much and create confusion for the offensive players and give the opponent chances to get chances,” he remarked.
Since Nicolas Jackson’s goal against Luton on August 25, Chelsea has not scored a Premier League goal, but Pochettino is certain that soon the goals will start to flow.
The numbers ultimately indicate that it wasn’t enough. Always, he added, it’s about the game. ‘Due to the opportunities we had in the opening 30 minutes, we should easily win 1-0 and 2-0 today.
If we didn’t score and lost the game, perhaps you should inform the crowd that it wasn’t enough.
“We need to be aggressive in our efforts. We must demonstrate our effectiveness in front of the goal. Although these situations are not always easy for the players, we must remain calm as well. No one is to blame.
“In the final 10 minutes, some of our defensive players and full-backs wanted to take on the roles of the offensive players.” At times, we had to avoid risking the point.
“I would rather be that than calm and relaxed.” They are very invested in the contest and circumstance. The effort was excellent.