Brentford achieved an impressive feat with their third consecutive victory at Stamford Bridge, defeating Chelsea 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday.
Despite the setback, Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has openly communicated to co-owner Todd Boehly about the time required for a turnaround at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino’s tenure has been challenging, evidenced by a recent defeat to Brentford that pushed his team into the bottom half of the Premier League standings.
Under Pochettino’s leadership, Chelsea fans had hoped for a fresh start, but persistent issues, especially a lack of sharpness in front of the goal, have led to just three wins in 10 league matches under the former Tottenham boss.
In the 58th minute, Ethan Pinnock surprised everyone with an unexpected goal, heading in a cross from Bryan Mbeumo. This goal defied the match’s overall flow and caught both teams off guard.
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The victory was sealed in the dying moments of stoppage time when Mbeumo capitalized on a swift counterattack, taking advantage of Chelsea goalkeeper Robert Sanchez’s absence, who had gone upfield for a corner, and tapped the ball into an empty net.
Remarkably, Brentford has managed to secure more wins at Stamford Bridge in the past seven months than Chelsea, highlighting their recent dominance.
Given Boehly’s emphasis on acquiring young talent in the transfer market, Pochettino has stressed the necessity of time to address the team’s challenges.
He has appealed for understanding and patience as Chelsea navigates this period of transformation under his management.
“We have tried to identify [the problem] but it’s not only happened from the beginning of this season, it’s also from last season, with different coaches,” he added. “Yes, it’s something we need to fix.
“I don’t say I’m worried but, of course, we’re trying hard to find the solution. The key is to create a good atmosphere. You need to have the right feeling with the fans and team.”
“The team needs to translate the ideas the fans can trust and it goes both ways. But that can only be done with time and by playing more because we are still so young as a team.”
“You need time, because although too many things are wrong, it’s about maturity.”
“It’s not about the fans, the club, the badge – it’s about this team being young.”
“We have to match the level to always be competitive and at our best. With the squad all fit, and that’s not an excuse, this team will grow, for sure.”
Chelsea’s offensive struggles were evident against Brentford, managing 17 shots but only two on target, failing to beat goalkeeper Mark Flekken.
Pochettino on Chelsea not scoring: “We need to be more clinical and be strong. If you don’t score then the confidence goes down”.
“It’s also bad luck. Nkunku can score a lot of goals but he was injured in pre-season. Jackson is young, arrived this season and needs to adapt”.
Next on the horizon for Pochettino and his team is a Carabao Cup match against Blackburn Rovers, followed by a challenging series of Premier League fixtures, starting with a match against league leaders Tottenham next Monday.