Mauricio Pochettino took over a team that finished 12th in the league, lost in the first round of both domestic club cups, and scored only 38 goals in the league. He was free to throw out the good things that were working at both Cobham and Stamford Bridge. His first few months as the third regular boss under the new ownership group have been anything but smooth. It’s been just over six months since it was announced.
Chelsea has only won four of their first 13 Premier League games, even though they have played six teams in the bottom half. Even though the Blues are getting more goals, they gave up eight goals in the two games before the international break. On the other hand, they have given up nine goals in the last three games, with only Luton, Bournemouth, and Fulham being able to score.
With their most recent game, a terrible 4-1 loss at Newcastle full of mistakes they made themselves and poor play all around, there has been a return of the criticism that was present during the patchy games in mid-October and before. Even though they beat Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal, Pochettino said that the Magpies beat a “soft” Chelsea team, and it is the manager who is being criticised.
People thought that things would be different from last year since they have a history of making players better and clubs grow, but trends have stayed the same even though a lot of players and staff have moved on. In this light, he is once again under pressure from some of his devoted fans who are getting antsy.
In the end, he’s only been in charge for 16 games, but many will compare him to Thomas Tuchel last year and say he didn’t have even less of a chance with the new owners before being fired. Getting back into Europe, which already seems like a long way off, is made even harder by the need to cover costs.