Mauricio Pochettino issues a cautionary message to Manchester City as Chelsea confirms the absence of six key players for the upcoming Premier League clash.
The club’s official announcement, made on Friday, revealed that Trevoh Chalobah, Ben Chilwell, Carney Chukwuemeka, Wesley Fofana, Romeo Lavia, and Christopher Nkunku will all be unavailable for the Sunday fixture, marking long-term absences without any new concerns reported by Pochettino.
Despite the setback, Pochettino, buoyed by Chelsea’s impressive 4-1 victory over Tottenham on Monday, emphasizes that his team can compete with the best on their day.
The win against Tottenham was aided by two red cards for the opposing side managed by Ange Postecoglou. Recognizing the challenge posed by facing last season’s treble winners, Pochettino asserts that his team is not to be considered underdogs.
Acknowledging City as the best team with top-notch coaching staff and management, Pochettino praises their organizational prowess. While acknowledging the tough task ahead, he expresses the team’s commitment to competing at their best and aiming for victory.
Despite the absence of key players, Pochettino reiterates that Chelsea never perceives themselves as underdogs, given their rich history and stature in football. The recent match against Tottenham showcased the team’s talent and character, proving their ability to compete with the best clubs in England.
The upcoming clash at Stamford Bridge holds special significance as City faces one of their notable academy products, Cole Palmer, who made a surprising deadline-day move to Chelsea in a £42.5 million deal.
Pochettino praises Palmer’s adaptability, character, and quick adjustment to the team’s building process. Expressing satisfaction with Palmer’s performance, Pochettino anticipates another notable display against his former team-mates in this unique and special opportunity.