Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has four key positions in the team and that will never change.
Speaking prior to Chelsea’s Premier League game against Aston Villa, Mauricio Pochettino emphasised how important it is to have really solid and experienced players in certain positions on the pitch.
Keeper solid, stable, centre-back, midfielder and striker. I remember my father or grandfather always said the same thing. That is not going to change in the future,” the Argentine told football.london and other outlets. “Like all coaches, you have key positions, solid players with experience, individual experience, also experience in the environment you are going to compete.”
The Blues have made a lot of changes in those areas, with the likes of Robert Sanchez, Nicolas Jackson and Enzo Fernandez all joining the club recently. Levi Colwill has returned from his loan at Brighton & Hove Albion as well, while Chelsea have also signed another central defender in Axel Disasi, but that has not stopped Thiago Silva from starting games.
Chelsea need a spine
In essence, Pochettino has really highlighted how important it is for a team to have a spine, a core of players who are experienced and reliable.
It is not something Chelsea have right now, as the Blues do not really have a settled side and have a squad consisting of so many young players.
They have made so many new signings lately and have had a lot of injuries, so it has been hard for Pochettino to build a real foundation.
It is really not a shock, then, that Chelsea are just not able to compete with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal, who have that foundation and stability in their teams.
In a year or two, hopefully Pochettino and Chelsea are in a much similar position to their Premier League rivals. But until the Blues have that core again, they are going to struggle to be competitive.
Will Pochettino get time to actually create one? It is going to be interesting to see.