“No holiday like before” – Pochn clears players over the international break
Journalist Simon Phillips has reported that Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has opted not to give a break to the Chelsea players who are not on international duty during this international break. Unlike previous managers, Pochettino has decided that there will be no rest for those players who are not representing their respective countries.
This decision comes at a time when a significant number of Chelsea players are away on international duty, leaving a portion of the squad back at the club’s training ground. Chelsea’s performance in the early part of the season has been less than ideal, with just one win in their first four games and a recent 1-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest highlighting some recurring issues, particularly in their ability to score goals.
Simon Phillips suggests that, despite the international break being traditionally seen as a time for players to rest, Chelsea’s non-international players will be following their regular training schedule at Cobham. While they might have the weekend off, they will not be given an extended holiday, as previous Chelsea managers have done. Pochettino appears determined to address the team’s problems and work on solutions during this period.
The Argentine manager will be aiming to find solutions to Chelsea’s issues before their next game, which is an away fixture against Bournemouth. This rigorous approach during the international break reflects Pochettino’s commitment to improving the team’s performance and addressing the challenges they have faced in the early part of the season.