Chelsea star BLAMES Pochettino’s Training methods for struggles

Moises Caicedo

Chelsea star Moises Caicedo has blamed his former manager, Mauricio Pochettino, for his struggles with form in his first season at the club.

The Ecuadorian was one of the most sought players last summer after his successful spell in Brighton. After rejecting an approach from Liverpool, he signed for Chelsea in the most expensive deal of last summer.

However, his £115m move to Stamford Bridge did not go as planned, and he initially struggled to repay his huge price tag. His poor form led to much criticism as Mauricio Pochettino’s side struggled to mount a serious challenge for the top six positions. 

However, Caicedo and the club would eventually turn things around, with the Ecudar international playing a key role in the Blues’ rise back up the Premier League table late in the season.

However, despite the strong end to the season, Chelsea elected to sack Pochettino. The Argentina international looked like he had won over fans and had the ears of his players. But from the recent comment from Caicedao, it appears his training methods were a fault for the 22-year-old and Chelsea’s troubles last season. 

What was Said

Speaking to Alfonso Laso via 90min, Caicedo spoke about his move from Brighton under Roberto De Zerbi to Pochettino at Chelsea.

“With Pochettino, he was big on fitness. That was not the case at Brighton,” he revealed.

“When I arrived at Chelsea, it was difficult because at Brighton, it was all tactical, tactical, tactical, only with the ball. At Chelsea, it was running, so it was hard for me, but then I adapted little by little.

“It wasn’t good for me because the games are intense. At Brighton, we almost always had the ball and rarely turned it over. At Chelsea, the football was different, so we had to run more.”

The Ecuadorian also admitted he struggled to deal with the mental pressure that came with his high price tag, with criticism from his new fans and rivals fans also weighing heavy on his mind.

“At the beginning, some fans attacked us a little bit because we weren’t doing well, any of the new signings, so they attacked us,” he continued. “It was difficult for me because, at the start, I preferred playing away games over home games because, at home, it felt like everyone was attacking me. But I always had the support of Pochettino.

“In February, my agent hired someone to help me position myself better. After I finished a game, we always watched it back to see what I could improve on. He also helped with my mind, how to work under pressure.

“I was more aware that I had to do things because they paid a lot of money for me, I always have to do things right. That bothered me. I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t show my level, so my agent hired this new person, and little by little, I gained more confidence and took more risks. He told me it didn’t matter how much Chelsea paid for me because they knew what I was worth. From there, I began to loosen up a little.”

What Top Six Thinks 

Caicedo’s interview is quite revealing as it exposes the other side of football that fans often don’t get to see. The midfielder is still young and has a lot of time to rewrite his football story. he proved his worth at Brighton and also showed his class towards the end of last season. 

So, with Pochettino and his methods now out of the way and with a year of Chelsea football under his belt, the midfielder will be hoping to kick on with new boss Enzo Maresca.

 

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