Chelsea 0 Aston Villa 1
Mauricio Pochettino has told his Chelsea players they must “grow up” if they are to avoid a repeat of last season following their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa which saw Malo Gusto receive a straight red card in the second half.
With the scores level, Gusto’s heavy challenge on Lucas Digne originally saw him handed a yellow card before referee Jarred Gillett overturned the decision following a lengthy VAR check.
That allowed Ollie Watkins to capitalise and secure Villa all three points with his first Premier League goal of the season, meaning the Blues have now failed to find the net for three league games running.
Chelsea were the joint fifth lowest scorers in the Premier League last season, netting just 38 goals in 38 games which was the same amount as newly promoted Nottingham Forest and less than relegated sides Leeds United and Leicester City, as they slumped to a 12th-place finish.
And despite another significant spending spree this summer, taking their total spend under the current ownership to more than £1bn across three transfer windows, and a new boss in Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea are still, somehow, unable to score goals.
Pochettino has won just one of his opening six games of the Premier League campaign and they have managed just five goals in those opening six games, three of which came in their only victory of the Premier League campaign at home to newly promoted minnows Luton Town.
“Work, giving them trust, confidence,” Pochettino said when asked how he can go about fixing his side’s lack of goals.
“We have the squad we have, now we cannot change nothing. It’s about building the confidence and giving them all the support that they need because they need to perform on the pitch.
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