Pochettino: Chelsea Not Yet Mature Enough For Weekly Competition


Mauricio Pochettino expresses frustration and disappointment as Oli McBurnie’s stoppage-time goal forces a 2-2 draw against Sheffield United for his Chelsea side.


“Of course, they were tired but that is not an excuse today not to win the game at the end”


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“Watching football, as a 52‑year‑old, you identify very quickly when a team is ready to compete or not.

“Maybe because this group is still not mature enough to compete every single game, every three days, because like you say Sheffield is in the relegation zone.

I’m not saying we’re not being respectful, but we need to think a little bit more.”

Pochettino also said he took top scorer Cole Palmer off in the 74th minute as a precaution.

“We need to protect him,” he said.

“We wanted to give him some rest and try to avoid some problems in the future.”

Chelsea will play Everton at Stamford Bridge before their FA Cup semi-final clash against Manchester City.

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