We may still be early on in the week but already Chelsea supporters will be keen to put the weekend's disappointment behind them and look ahead to the match versus Aston Villa on Sunday. The Blues were held to a goalless draw with AFC Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon – which was the second successive game they were unable to find the back of the net in.
Chelsea have five points from as many games, so the start of the Premier League season has hardly been ideal for the Blues. But despite this, Mauricio Pochettino has actually got his team playing some nice football, just with the missing ingredient – and a key one at that – of goals being scored.
Pochettino now has the best part of a week to work with his squad at Cobham before returning to Stamford Bridge on Sunday to host Aston Villa in the Premier League. So, with that being said, football.london takes a look at three big decisions the Chelsea head coach has to ponder ahead of this weekend's crucial match.
Cole Palmer came on and made a 35-minute cameo against Bournemouth; looking to inspire Chelsea to find a breakthrough against the Cherries. Unfortunately for the Blues and the 21-year-old, he was not able to do that, but there were some bright moments from the England Under-21 international, who was signed for £42.5million on transfer deadline day.
Palmer, at one point, picked the ball up around 40 yards away from goal, drove into some space in the middle of the pitch and then played a one-two with Raheem Sterling and was unfortunate not to beat Neto in the Bournemouth goal with a side-footed volley. He seemed to link up well with Sterling during his cameo, actually, in what can be viewed as a bright appearance from the bench.
It was his defensive work that wasRead on football.london