Chelsea boss Pochettino makes tough decision on who will start in goal for Chelsea vs Brentford

Mauricio Pochettino has made ‘tough’ decision on who will start in goal for Chelsea vs Brentford

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he had made a decision on who will start in goal for Chelsea in tomorrow’s Premier League game against Brentford.

Robert Sanchez made his comeback from injury in Wednesday night’s 3-2 FA Cup fifht round win over Leeds United.

The summer signing from Brighton had started the season as the club’s new No.1 following the departure of Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Sanchez, however, failed to convince and the injury he suffered during a defeat at Everton in December handed Petrovic a chance to shine.

The Serbia international has seized his opportunity and has been one of his side’s best players over the course of a difficult period for Pochettino.

Asked who would start against the Bees on Saturday, Pochettino said: ‘I don’t know if to tell or not to tell [you]. They know already. Always is tough when you only need to pick 11.’

The midweek win over Leeds proved a pleasant distraction for the troubled west London club who have been in soul searching mode ever since last Sunday’s Carabao Cup final defeat against an understrength Liverpool side.

‘Maybe yes, because we feel disappointed and we have faith in our ability to win,’ said Pochettino when asked if the last week had represented the toughest period since he took over in the summer.

‘We were so close and after 90 minutes I think we were the best side. But we didn’t keep the energy after 90 minutes and I think this is why we lost the game.

‘We met after the game in a different place than Wembley and the players started to feel. In some points they were disappointed and it was painful but by Tuesday and Wednesday they were ready and wanted to play. That speaks very highly about our squad and our players.

‘What we’ve learned from them is that they are learning. They are learning to compete all together, see other, feel each other and know how they behave in these moments.

‘After seven or eight months we already know the profile of the players but it’s important for them to know each other, especially in these high pressure moments.’

 

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