Chelsea desperately needed to find the right Neto.
A sign of another frustrating game for the club came just a few minutes before the end of Sunday's 0-0 draw at Bournemouth when it was announced to the home fans that the Brazilian goalkeeper Neto had been named their man of the match.
Last season, Blues set a new club-record low in the Premier League era of 38 goals from as many matches. They have started 2023-24 bang on course to match that underwhelming feat: they have five goals in as many 2023-24 Premier League fixtures, and none in their past two.
Nobody can accuse them of not trying — Pochettino's side rank joint-fourth in the division for total shots (81). The problem is the accuracy: Chelsea are second-bottom among the 20 clubs when it comes to the difference between their expected goals (xG) figure and the actual number of goals scored, and third-worst for shot conversion percentage.
Yes, Chelsea are missing players – 12 of them, in fact, as Pochettino pointed out while defending his team after they were booed off at the end by a section of the travelling support. But at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday, Chelsea contrived to miss in almost every conceivable way and it leaves Pochettino – who has now not won any of his last 14 away games as a Premier League manager with them and previous employers Tottenham – with a major headache.
We take a closer look at what happened to Chelsea in the final third against Bournemouth.
There were many examples of this, but nothing summed up how clumsy Chelsea players look when the opposition goal looms into view than Nicolas Jackson's spectacular miss early in the second half.
It was not a golden opportunity, but it will still make a highlights reel of embarrassing moments when theRead on m.allfootballapp.com