There was frustration for Chelsea and manager Mauricio Pochettino at Bournemouth on Sunday (PA)
Mauricio Pochettino said he cannot control Chelsea fans’ reactions after a section of the away support appeared to boo Ben Chilwell at the end of the team’s drab 0-0 draw at Bournemouth.
Chilwell was a second-half substitute at the Vitality Stadium but failed to substantially alter the team’s fortunes as they laboured in vain to break the hosts down in wet conditions.
Pochettino named three outfield players aged 19 or under on the bench as well as two goalkeepers as the club’s injury crisis continued to deepen.
Marc Cucurella and Noni Madueke were fresh additions to the absentee list at Bournemouth, taking the total number of players unavailable to the manager to 12.
Chelsea threatened only sporadically, looking to use the channels to attack but only rarely finding a final ball to open up the home side.
Raheem Sterling hit the crossbar with a fiercely hit free-kick whilst Nicolas Jackson also struck the woodwork in the first half but it was Robert Sanchez who was called upon to make the save of the game when he spread himself low at the feet of Dango Ouattara as the striker bore down on his goal.
It leaves Pochettino’s side 14th in the table with just one win from five matches, and with an uneasy sense that last season’s problems in front of goal are a long way from being fixed.
And some fans seemed to vent their frustrations when England international Chilwell went over to applaud the away end at full-time.
Ben Chilwell applauded Chelsea’s fans after the match (Steven Paston/PA)
“What can we do?” said Pochettino. “For me, I have nothing to say. The fans can do whatever they want.
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