Former Chelsea player is puzzled by Pochettino’s player position choices
Mauricio Pochettino has done a lot of good things in his time at Chelsea, and fans have been pretty pleased with most of his work so far. But if there is one thing that frustrates them, it’s some of his personnel decisions in terms of starting lineups and subs.
From the first day of the season, where he played Levi Colwill at left back and Ben Chilwell on the wing, there have been grumbles, and inevitably the worse results have got the worse the complaints have got.
It’s not just the fans – former players are also puzzled by some of his decisions. William Gallas, who was coincidentally a centre back used on the left a lot at Chelsea, can’t get his head around it:
“It’s difficult to understand why the players are playing out of position – I don’t get why the manager is doing this,” said Gallas in quotes picked up by Dazn.
“If you have a left-back in your squad and he’s available, you have to play him. The club buys players to play on the weekend and you have to put the best players in that position on the weekend on the pitch.
“If your left-back is so-so, you still have to put them in. You can’t put a right-back at left-back or a centre-back there, that’s why Pochettino’s tactics have been difficult to understand.”
Those who defend Pochettino say that Colwill needs to be in the team to add some extra aerial ability – but we’re not sure we buy that when Chilwell is perfectly competent in the air too.