Two Chelsea players who gave Mauricio Pochettino no chance of success

Chelsea announced Mauricio Pochettino’s departure after a challenging season, ending sixth in the Premier League. Despite showing improvement towards the season’s end, the decision by owner Todd Boehly to dismiss Pochettino was unexpected..

The Argentine manager faced significant challenges, including injuries to key summer signings Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku, which hindered the team’s performance. Lavia, signed from Southampton for £58 million, struggled with fitness and a hamstring injury, limiting him to just 32 minutes of Premier League play. Similarly, Nkunku, promising upon his arrival from RB Leipzig, managed only 14 appearances due to multiple injuries.

Pochettino expressed the importance of having Nkunku available, emphasizing his potential impact on the team. Injuries to these crucial players disrupted Pochettino’s plans and contributed to Chelsea’s inconsistent form. Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, had high expectations for both signings, highlighting their anticipated impact. 

However, their prolonged absences led to a disappointing campaign. Boehly’s decision to sack Pochettino reflects a continued erratic management style, not allowing the manager to fully develop his strategy and squad. Despite the struggles, Pochettino’s tenure showed potential that was cut short prematurely.

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