“Good News to Chelsea” – Mauricio Pochettino confirms £30m Chelsea player will return to the squad against Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino has delivered a welcome update on Chelsea’s squad, revealing that Malo Gusto is set to make his return to the team for the upcoming Premier League clash against Liverpool. The manager, in his pre-match press conference, disclosed that alongside Christopher Nkunku, Gusto is poised to rejoin the squad for the pivotal fixture at Anfield.
Chelsea has grappled with a slew of injuries throughout the season, and Gusto, unfortunately, found himself on the sidelines due to this persistent issue. His significance to the squad became more apparent in the absence of Reece James for a considerable part of the campaign.
The Frenchman’s debut season at Stamford Bridge has been noteworthy, showcasing an impressive attacking skill set that served as a commendable substitute during the periods when the club captain was unavailable. In recent weeks, with Gusto unavailable, Pochettino had to resort to deploying players out of their natural positions to fill the void.
Axel Disasi and Alfie Gilchrist stepped into this role, with Disasi even finding the net in the EFL Cup semi-final, demonstrating his prowess with a marauding forward run. However, Pochettino expressed his excitement at the prospect of welcoming back a natural right-back to the squad, highlighting the importance of having Gusto available for tactical flexibility.
The manager conveyed the positive news, stating, “I think it’s good news that Malo Gusto and Christoph can be in the squad tomorrow. We will see. Always we are waiting for the last moment. At the moment, it’s good news.”
The upcoming game against Liverpool is poised to serve as a significant encounter, viewed by many as a dress rehearsal for the EFL Cup final scheduled next month between these two formidable sides. Chelsea, despite being the first Premier League team to visit Anfield since Jurgen Klopp announced his departure at the end of the season, will be eager to showcase their prowess and potentially upset the home crowd as their opponents continue their pursuit of the Premier League title.