Moises Caicedo has responded to Chelsea’s defeat to Brentford with a strong message
Moises Caicedo has insisted Chelsea will continue fighting after their Premier League defeat to Brentford over the weekend. The Blues saw their four-game unbeaten streak come to a grinding halt in the west London derby with the Bees picking up their third consecutive win at Stamford Bridge courtesy of goals from Ethan Pinnock and Bryan Mbuemo.
Chelsea have already suffered three defeats at home this season and another blank against Brentford made it four games without scoring this season. The problems in attack are evident with Nicolas Jackson again questioned over his decision-making and movement around the penalty box.
“It’s obvious at the moment, no. So far, no,” Pochettino told reporters when asked if Chelsea have enough goals in their squad. “[Christopher] Nkunku that proved he can score in big leagues like Bundesliga was injured in the last pre-season game.
“This type of thing did not help. Then we need to recover [Armando] Broja and different circumstances Nicolas Jackson was affected for different reasons, but he’s young and arriving this season and needs time to adapt. Of course that is obvious, and your analysis and some point, I think we agree.”
While the issue in front of goal is a prominent one for Pochettino, injuries continue to plague the Chelsea boss with Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk missing the weekend defeat with minor muscular concerns. On the duo being absent, Pochettino said: “Both Enzo and Misha felt something in training yesterday, small muscle injuries for them both. We hoped they would be okay to be in the squad but unfortunately they aren’t quite ready. Neither of them are big issues but we didn’t want to take any risks.”
One player who will be hoping that Fernandez makes an immediate return is Caicedo, with the Chelsea midfield balance off without the Argentina international. The Ecuador international was part of a midfield pivot alongside Conor Gallagher as opposed to being part of a midfield three with Gallagher and Fernandez which was extremely important in the wins over Fulham and Burnley.
Following the defeat to Brentford, Caicedo has posted a defiant message on Instagram. On his story, he has reposted a reel which shows a famous speech from Denzel Washington which says: “Keep working, keep striving, never give up, fall down seven times, get up eight. Ease is a greater threat to progress. So, keep working, keep growing, keep learning.”
Fernandez also sent a social media message over the weekend showing him working towards a recovery at Cobham which Caicedo will certainly be hoping happens ahead of the London derby against Tottenham next Monday