Revealed – Mauricio Pochettino could make two Chelsea changes to get needed result against Brentford
We are now just two days away from seeing Chelsea play football again and it must seem kind of bizarre for Blues supporters to be looking forward to seeing their side in action. Last season was that bad for Chelsea that each upcoming fixture was met with very mixed emotions from fans, but there seems to be a different energy around the place nowadays.
Mauricio Pochettino, for the time being at least, has brought the feel-good factor back to Stamford Bridge after seeing his side unbeaten in their last four matches. Despite being pegged back from 2-0 up against Arsenal to only earn a point, the performance against the Gunners was up there with their best display this season so far.
“Of course we are disappointed at the end, but we can’t only look at the last few minutes,” Pochettino said. “There were many positive things. We were the better team.
“We lost two points in a way you never want to lose them, but after playing a team that was fighting for the Premier League last season we can take many positives and be proud. We showed great character and personality.”
The character and personality Pochettino mentioned; it’s something that the Argentine and his backroom staff, who he is quick to mention at every opportunity, have brought back to the club. It is something that was missing last term, whether that was under Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter or Frank Lampard.
This weekend Pochettino will be hoping to see similar character and personality from his players as they welcome west London rivals Brentford to Stamford Bridge. The Bees come to SW6 fresh off the back of a comfortable 3-0 win against Burnley at the weekend and Thomas Frank’s men have already proven to Chelsea they can be challenging opposition to face.
In Chelsea and Brentford’s two Premier League meetings last season, the Bees did not lose. In the match at Stamford Bridge, the visitors won 2-0 while the reverse fixture was a goalless draw.
However, this time around, Chelsea are coming into the match in some sort of positive form. Will Pochettino make any changes from the side that put in a strong performance against Arsenal?
Reece James is expected to come back into the team as he nears full fitness after a lengthy layoff with a hamstring injury. Malo Gusto was the man at right-back against the Gunners on Saturday but James is still likely to be Pochettino’s first-choice in that position when he is fit and available.
Nicolas Jackson could also come back into the side despite Chelsea’s strong attacking performance at the weekend. Cole Palmer was superb in the false nine position but we are yet to see whether that is a long-term plan for Pochettino going forward.
The Blues head coach might want to bring in a more recognised striker in a game where Chelsea are expected to dominate. But in terms of who comes out of the side, that is uncertain.
Nobody really deserves to be dropped out of the front line, with Palmer, Mykhailo Mudryk and Raheem Sterling all in form at the moment. But one of them could drop out of the team should Pochettino want to go with Jackson against Brentford.