Mauricio Pochettino has denied that Chelsea’s struggles this season are right down to the younger avid gamers in his squad, as a substitute arguing the Blues are nonetheless gelling as a squad.
Chelsea have made a transparent effort to shop for younger avid gamers for the reason that arrivals of Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital and feature regularly been accused of missing the essential enjoy to win video games within the Premier League.
Requested whether or not he is of the same opinion with that complaint, Pochettino argued the age of his avid gamers was once inappropriate and as a substitute pointed to the reality the staff is stuffed with avid gamers who’re nonetheless finding out learn how to play along one every other.
“I’m really not selecting the staff as a result of they’re younger,” he stressed out. “I don’t need to be the trainer that alternatives the youngest staff in England.
“We’re a tender staff, however we now have a just right stability. We have now avid gamers like Thiago Silva, 39, Raheem Sterling, [Christopher] Nkunku, 26, or [Axel] Disasi.
“The issue isn’t that the avid gamers are so younger. The issue is that the staff is younger. With 16 or 17 avid gamers that experience arrived new from the start of the season, you wish to have to construct a staff.”
Pochettino additionally stressed out that veteran defender Silva does no longer want a particular function within the Chelsea squad because of his enjoy, vowing to regard the Brazilian like another member of the staff.
“The entire avid gamers are in the similar place as him,” he stated. “We all the time assess after each and every unmarried sport the efficiency of the participant after which we take the verdict. He isn’t other from the others.
“I all the time make my choices seeking to supply just right stability to the staff. I don’t take a look at the passport or the age of the participant. I feel it’s all the time about high quality and the way we will be able to get the most efficient stability for the staff.
“Benoit [Badiashile] wasn’t to be had for a very long time as a result of he was once injured. Disasi was once injured, [Trevoh] Chalobah was once injured, [Wesley] Fofana was once injured. We all the time attempt to to find the formation and avid gamers that may carry out and win video games.”