Chelsea fans fear they might have 'broken' Maurico Pochettino after the manager revealed his secret ingredient for a healthy club — lemons.
And it's got nothing to do with eating them — they just sit in a bowl on his desk — but it's a belief the coach has held long before his arrival in west London.
Pochettino has only been in charge of the Blues for three months, and it's fair to say it has not gone to plan.
Tasked with improving on their 12th place Premier League finish from last season, it doesn't appear things have improved all that much on the pitch despite another big-spending summer.
Chelsea have just one win from their opening five games of the new campaign and currently sit 14th.
Although, in fairness to Pochettino, he has been hit a major injury crisis with up to 11 players on the sidelines, including several of the club's marquee signings.
Pochettino is keeping focused on the positives, though, and revealed in a recent interview the role lemons play in his process.
The Argentine believes in the mystical power of citrus fruit to absorb bad energy, and always keeps a bowl of them on his desk to help create good vibes.
Asked when Chelsea will start to feel the benefits, he explained it took two years for them to start working at Tottenham.
History tells us he won't be afforded the same time at Stamford Bridge. Maybe he needs a bigger bowl.
“They started to work after two years at Tottenham,” Pochettino said ahead of Chelsea's clash against Aston Villa. “Give time to the lemons. It is a thing that we all believe.
“I believe in the lemons but at Tottenham they started to work after one and a half, two years. They need a long time, they are not magic, but more than ever I still believe in them.
“Today in my office I haveRead on talksport.com