Chelsea's Man City moment that revealed it is time to assign Mauricio Pochettino
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Chelsea’s Man City moment that revealed it is time to assign Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea’s Man City moment that revealed it is time to assign Mauricio Pochettino

sportsdias examines the latest discussion points surrounding Chelsea’s loss to Manchester City ahead of the season’s final two matches.

That is not to say that the Blues were not competitive against City, but Sunday’s game felt less like a contest and more like a celebration. Frank Lampard’s team has not had anything to play for for a number of weeks, but the trip to the Etihad lacked danger as both the home team and their supporters appeared relaxed and content.

Given the discontent with Chelsea’s play throughout the season, it was almost difficult to recognize the atmosphere, but Pep Guardiola‘s second string side were able to secure three points despite having already won the division after Arsenal’s slip against Nottingham Forest. It appeared as if Chelsea’s opponents were going through the motions because of everything that had occurred prior to that season.

Additionally, it must be recognized that Manchester City’s did not emerge overnight. It began 15 years ago when Mark Hughes was regarded a ‘prime asset’ by the club’s ownership and Robinho was signed as a signal of intent. Neither truly worked out, but other promises were fulfilled.

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan stated, following his takeover of Manchester City, that he intends to “assemble a board and executive team that is worthy of Manchester City’s heritage and potential.”

Regardless of any other allegations, despite City’s massive expenditure, footballing appointments have generally been successful. In the coming months, it will become clear how successful the changes made behind the scenes have been. Chelsea has already parted ways with Graham Potter.

The sluggish start to life under Todd Boehly and company has been arduous, but it is forgivable if things begin to improve.

It’s time for a new leader.

That is not to suggest that Frank Lampard should not be in charge of Chelsea’s next two matches, but with little riding on Chelsea’s final 180 minutes, the difficulty of the former midfielder’s task has increased. While there was a slim possibility of winning the Champions League and turning around Chelsea’s Premier League fortunes, Lampard’s tenure was always destined to be difficult.

With no Mauricio Pochettino in place and no clear plans for the upcoming season, it is difficult for the interim manager to provide much direction, at least from an external standpoint. Players will still be required to play for their futures, whether at Chelsea or elsewhere, but when stars are rumored to be leaving the club, it is difficult for fans to justify their continued playing time.

In some respects, Carney Chukwuemeka’s situation has reached a critical point. The midfielder did come on as a late substitute after being prevented from participating in the Under-20s World Cup, but it’s fair to say that more was expected against Manchester United and Newcastle.

However, when questioned by the media in his press conference following the loss to Manchester City, Lampard responded, “I want to get him minutes because he’s not going to the World Cup, but I have to think about my job.”

Many were left pondering what Lampard’s current occupation is. Obviously, he is there to lead the team and achieve the best possible results, but to what extent is he also responsible for positioning the team for the upcoming season? Can Lampard even guarantee this without appointing a successor? It only exacerbates the problem of the season already feeling like it’s over and the questioning of various motivations. Especially with players like Chukwuemeka, Noni Madueke, and Mykhailo Mudryk, who would be considered the future of the team, starting the game on the bench.

Romelu Lukaku reminds us of Chelsea’s goal-scoring issues

There is little time left in the season, so why not discuss it once more? After netting five goals in their previous two games, Chelsea failed to score against Manchester City. The Blues were within two shots of the Premier League champions and tripled their shots on target, but they were unable to find the back of the net.

Sunday was better than usual for Chelsea in terms of creating quality opportunities, but there still weren’t many and the Blues did not capitalize on them. Lampard’s squad trails City by 45 points and has scored 57 fewer league goals. Even if Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez’s goals are disregarded, Guardiola’s team would have scored 12 more goals.

Mauricio Pochettino, should he take over, will be tasked with resolving this issue, as no recognized striker featured on the pitch, while a Chelsea player continued his excellent form in Italy. Romelu Lukaku scored his sixth goal in as many games to give 10-man Inter Milan a chance at a draw, but Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Gianluca Gaetano scored twice to secure victory.

Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge appears improbable, but in comparison to last summer, it is becoming something that should be considered prior to authorizing his return to Italy.

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Chelsea’s Man City moment that revealed it is time to assign Mauricio Pochettino