Pochettino: Defense is good but the whole team is doing a fantastic job without the ball

Pochettino: Defense is good but the whole team is doing a fantastic job without the ball

Mudrik’s team has one of the best defenses in the Premier League

Head coach Chelsea Mauricio Pochettino spoke about the team’s defensive performance and the search for a balance between defensive actions and attacking ones.

“We have good defensive players, don’t we? The defense is doing well, but the whole team does a fantastic job when we don’t have the ball. The engagement is amazing. This is just the beginning.”

“If you want to be a good team and compete for big things, it is difficult if your defensive line is not reliable. Look what happened here two years ago: Chelsea won the Champions League without scoring too many goals, but without conceding too many goals. It is very important to feel that we are difficult to beat and score against us.”

“It’s not easy, but we’ve worked really hard from the start. We are working on our attacking game, but the most important thing is to find the right balance.”

“We came to a new team and with new players, so to establish these principles we need to start from scratch. You need to build a house from the foundation and then gradually move forward.”

Chelsea announced the appointment of Pochettino as head coach at the end of May 2023. The Blues, under his leadership, scored 8 points in the championship in seven rounds, while scoring only seven goals – only six teams had less in the entire league. Let us note that one of these goals was scored by Mykhailo Mudryk, who on October 2 became the seventh Ukrainian to score in the English Premier League.

At the same time, the Londoners have a reliable defense: 6 conceded goals, only Man City have fewer goals (5), and Arsenal have the same number. At the same time, Chelsea constantly suffers from the lack of masses of performers in the back line. Trevo Chalobah, Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile have been injured for a long time. Captain Reece James only managed to play in the first round. Ben Chilwell was recently grounded for at least two months. Malo Gusteau missed several matches due to disqualification.

Source: Sportarena

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