‘I am’: Simon Jordan says there’s one man to blame for Chelsea’s problems and it’s not Todd Boehly
Simon Jordan thinks Mauricio Pochettino needs to take responsibility for Chelsea’s poor start to the season.
Chelsea have taken just five points from their first six Premier League games and Jordan believes Mauricio Pochettino is to blame for that, not Todd Boehly and the club’s owners.
Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Crystal Palace chairman said: “You look at the £400m that they’ve spent this summer, that has to be in conjunction with Pochettino, yet we see nothing in terms of an improvement.
“Yes, they are creating a lot of chances and I think their profligacy at this moment in time blinds the underlying problems that they’ve got because there are still more problems than just profligacy.”
Jordan later went on to add: “I have to say at this moment in time and Martin might not like this, I am looking more towards the dugout than I am towards the boardroom.”
The Blues were beaten in their last outing, losing 1-0 to Aston Villa over the weekend, their third defeat of the campaign. It really has been a shocking start for Pochettino and his men.
Of course Chelsea should be performing at a much higher level under Pochettino.
Yes, they have injuries, the likes of Christopher Nkunku and Reece James, for example. However, they had enough to beat Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, games they failed to score in.
After all, this is a squad that has £100m midfielders in it. The quality is there but, for whatever reason, Pochettino has not been able to really tap into it yet.
With all of that being said, the players need to take a lot of the blame as well. Their manager cannot come on the pitch and put the ball into the back of the net for them. That is their job and it is something they have struggled with even when presented with easy opportunities.
Raheem Sterling had a great chance to pass the ball and allow Nicolas Jackson to slot it away yesterday against Villa but took the shot himself and had it saved by Emiliano Martinez. And in the loss versus Forest, Jackson missed an absolute sitter towards the end of the match. There is not much Pochettino can do about these wasted opportunities.