Arsenal legend Ian Wright has delivered his verdict on the future of Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino after the Blues latest Premier League defeat to Aston Villa. A second half strike from Ollie Watkins condemned Chelsea to their third defeat of the season meaning just five points have been taken from their opening six fixtures.
Chelsea created a significant number of chances at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, but they were once again unable to convert any with Malo Gusto making things much harder after he received a red card mid-way through the second period, with Pochettino pinpointing that incident as the moment the game changed.
«The first half we deserve a little bit more,» he told reporters after the game. «I think we had control of the game. Second half we started on top of them but after the red card, the game changed. We need to judge 60 minutes of 11v11 and then with 10 men, it's two different games.»
Despite another disappointing result, Pochettino retains the full backing of the Chelsea board with higher-ups confident promising data will soon start turning into positive results, as per The Telegraph. Performances have been good from the Blues, with many clear-cut chances created in every game, with Raheem Sterling particularly showing his known quality under the new manager.
Nonetheless, suggestions of Pochettino facing the possibility of the sack, given Chelsea's ruthless nature with previous manager albeit under a different ownership, aren't wide of the mark with Wright suggesting Pochettino has two more league games before questions start being asked.
«You look at those [next 10 fixtures], a derby against Fulham and then Burnley, those are must-win games,» he said, via Metro, on The Kelly and Wrighty Show. «YouRead on football.london