Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has been warned he can’t “trust” one of his key players as the problems begin to mount at Stamford Bridge.
After the harrowing 4-1 defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday, the Blues were equally inept on Sunday, beaten 4-2 at home by Wolves with the players jeered off by the home fans.
And their latest display was savaged by ESPN pundit Steve Nicol, who particularly critical of club captain Thiago Silva, Raheem Sterling, Conor Gallagher and Axel Diasi.
The ex-Liverpool man also questioned the recruitment policy at the club, arguing they’ve brought in poor players.
“Conor Gallagher doesn’t get anywhere close to any of the top four sides,” he said. “Raheem Sterling, you can’t trust this guy. When he steps on the field, you don’t know what you’re gonna get. Sometimes he’s good, sometimes he disappears.”
Nicol’s observations on Sterling are seemingly backed up by stats, with the England international having not scored in eight Premier League games. He was hauled off in the second half against Wolves, and booed as he made his way to the dugout.
As for Chelsea’s shambolic defensive display, he added: “Disasi. Who bought him? You’ve got Silva who’s 39. This is a bad team. Whoever picked these players has shown that they’re in the wrong job.”
Mauricio Pochettino “doesn’t have a clue” what he is doing at Chelsea, Emmanuel Petit has claimed.
The Blues are enduring another difficult season following the Argentinian’s appointment as manager in the summer, currently sitting 11th in the Premier League table.
There have been suggestions that Pochettino is close to losing his job, with his record similar to that of Graham Potter when the former Brighton boss was let go last season.
Last time out, Chelsea lost 4-2 at home to Wolves as they were leapfrogged by their opponents in what was another disappointing performance from Pochettino’s side.
Speaking to compare.bet, former Chelsea man Petit slammed the current Blues’ boss for his work, pointing to some specific examples of reasons for his struggles.
“I was so disappointed with Chelsea’s performance against Wolves,” he said. “They looked so disorganised, were tactically a mess, no fighting spirit, communication, or character. I felt pity on the Chelsea fans.
“I was thinking, why would you put Nkunku up front as a lone striker? Does he even know what Nkunku does best? In Germany and France it is well known that he cannot play by himself up front and never has done that. He is very good in the 10 or in a two up front, but he can’t do that role at all.
“Pochettino refuses to mold his tactic around his players and the composition of the team just doesn’t make sense at the moment. He doesn’t have a clue what he wants to do, and his body language is not good at all, he looks like he is on the way out already.”
And there was one man who the Frenchman was eyeing up as a potential replacement should Pochettino be given his marching orders soon.
Jose Mourinnho has already managed Chelsea twice and has gone down as a club legend for his work in his first spell at the club, a stay that saw him win two league titles, two League Cups and one FA Cup.
The 61-year-old, who was recently sacked by Roma, would at least give the Blues something to work with, Petit claimed.
“I’ve seen the speculation that Mourinho could come in with John Terry as his assistant,” he said. “When you think about it, it could be something interesting. He would give the team character and personality.
“At the moment they are a broken team and he could be the man to come in and fix it. I actually think they need a manager who will have a proper vision of what needs to be done with the players that are there.
“They have to stop buying players and looking at how they can develop what they have there already. Chelsea need to develop an identity, because at the moment they don’t have one.”
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly added Napoli star Victor Osimhen to their wish lish should Kylian Mbappe leave in the summer.
With less than six months left on his contract in the French capital, multiple media reports have recently claimed that Mbappe has decided to leave PSG on a free transfer in the summer in order to join up with Real Madrid, a transfer saga that has been rumbling on for years now.
PSG have now been linked with a move for Milan star Rafael Leao, who has history with club consultant Luis Campos. The Portuguese winger has a €175m release clause in his contract, active from July 5 to 15 and payable in multiple instalments.
As reported by Corriere dello Sport and Il Mattino, PSG are looking for a new star forward to replace Mbappe should he leave in the summer and have added Osimhen to their wish list, aware that the Napoli striker is keen to switch clubs at the end of the season.
The Nigerian star has a release clause in his contract and has also attracted serious attention from multiple top Premier League clubs.