Mykhailo Mudryk has received a strong warning from Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who insists that his player ‘has to improve’ and is’still not at his best’.
Mudryk scored during Saturday’s 2-2 draw between Arsenal and Stamford Bridge, however Nicolas Jackson was inserted on 66 minutes to take Mudryk’s place.
Despite his goal, Pochettino still has high expectations for the 22-year-old international from Ukraine who joined Chelsea for £88.5 million in January.
When asked if Mudryk’s substitution was the result of the player “running out of gas,” Pochettino responded: “No.
He played well, in my opinion, but he still needs to get better. He’s still not at his best in my opinion.
With Jackson in front, I believe we needed to make a change to apply a little bit more pressure.
We had a couple opportunities in such situation, and the score was closer to 3-0 than 2-1.
While speaking more generally about Chelsea’s tie with Arsenal, Pochettino praised Cole Palmer.
The Argentine head coach admitted to the BBC, “I think we lost two points.” We’re unhappy, but you can’t change the game’s analysis and evaluation.
“Last season, we played very competitively against a very good team that was vying for the Premier League.”
We are a young squad, and I think the manner we competed is something to be proud of, but we’re unhappy because I believe we were better after 77 minutes, when we let up the first goal.
We were playing well and controlling the game, and the situation was under control. However, there is a danger when you admit it.
Yes, we are disappointed, but we must also see the bright side.
I didn’t want to see my players upset over dropping two points.
‘We’re moving in the right path. We must prove to the public that we are capable of competing at this level.
Cole Palmer is an incredible athlete. Despite his youth, he is really eager to learn. He demonstrated how strong his personality is.