Tough Decision: Pochettino tells Chelsea star to improve or continue sitting on the bench

Mauricio Pochettino tells Chelsea star to improve or continue sitting on the bench

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has sent a message to Mykhailo Mudryk, saying he needs to improve and must learn to play for the team if he is to play regularly for Chelsea.

Mudryk has started just 9 Premier League games for Chelsea this season and Pochettino insists the winger has a lot of work to do.

“He started the game against Middlesbrough in the semi-final, which is one of the most important games for us,” Pochettino said of Mudryk appearing in the Carabao Cup.

“Yes, now he is on the bench. Look, it’s about the form during the season – if you keep your form and you are the best during every training session.

“As coaching staff, we are a meritocracy – we are going to play with the players who are going to do their best on the pitch.

“I think he’s a young guy that arrived here one year ago. We know the circumstances around [the transfer]. Of course, he needs to improve. He has amazing quality and potential, but it’s a [team] game, it’s not tennis.

“We have players that need to perform in a group. If you see him, it’s amazing, but after, you need to adapt and play for the team – he needs to adapt, and all of that needs time.”

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