Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino: 'I think the team is performing well'

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino during a press conference at Chelsea Training Ground on September 22, 2023 in Cobham, England.
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Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has insisted that his side are performing well, despite a dismal start to the season.

The Blues were beaten 1-0 at home to Aston Villa at the weekend to continue a miserable run of form which has seen them pick up just one win all season – at home to Luton Town. Chelsea have won just twice since Graham Potter left Stamford Bridge and have scored just five goals all season.

It's the west Londoners' second-worst start to a campaign since 1992 – but Pochettino now says that he is taking comfort from some of the on-pitch displays from his players, despite the results. 

Mauricio Pochettino and Unai Emery look on during the Premier League game between Chelsea and Aston Villa in September 2023.

Chelsea lost once more at the weekend (Image credit: Getty Images)

"I am not frustrated because I think the team is performing well," the Argentine said. "We cannot complain about the performance of the team missing many key players.

"I am disappointed because I think many teams with less score more. That is why we feel bad. The players deserve more. The only way to find what we want is to keep pushing, keep playing, keep doing the right things, replicate it again."

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Despite picking up just a point from games against Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest, Pochettino affirmed that the reaction he's seen from his stars following recent disappointments has been encouraging, as the Blues are about to embark on a tough run of fixtures.

"I am so happy with how the team feel after Bournemouth and Nottingham Forest," the 51-year-old said. "They really care about the club, they really care to win the games, they really care to perform better and I think this week was good to work hard and create good moments every day to translate into competition."

Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson

Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson faces a one-match suspension following his fifth booking of the season against Aston Villa (Image credit: Getty Images)

Chelsea take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the League Cup before matches against Fulham and Burnley – and then things step up in a seven-fixture run that could see Pochettino sacked before Christmas. 

Between October 21 and December 6, the Blues have to play Arsenal, Brentford, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Brighton and Manchester United.

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