Chelsea end of the season predictions, Pochettino sack decision and another trip to Wembley

Chelsea new end of the season predictions Palmer form, Pochettino sack decision and another trip to Wembley

Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Brentford has left a sour taste in the mouth of Chelsea supporters. After leading 1-0 at half-time, the Blues collapsed after the break, with the game changing in a 19-minute period at the Gtech Community Stadium.

Nicolas Jackson handed the visitors the lead on 35 minutes with a towering header into the bottom corner. However, the Bees fought back in the second-half thanks to goals from Mads Roerslev and Yoane Wissa to give them the advantage over their west London rivals.

Fortunately, Axel Disasi was on hand to ensure the points were shared with a back post header on 83 minutes. Chelsea, though, could not find a winning goal on the day and the travelling supporters were quick to let their discontent known.

X-rated chants directed at Mauricio Pochettino were clear to hear from the away end when the side were losing 2-1. There were also negative songs directed at owner Todd Boehly in what turned out to be a toxic atmosphere from the visiting supporters.

It has piled the pressure, once again, on Pochettino but he did not seem too fazed about the chants at full-time. He believes there is still a lot for Chelsea to play for between now and the end of the season. And with that said, Bobby Vincent predicts some of the things that may happen between now and the conclusion of the campaign.

Pochettino sack decision

The plan for Chelsea has always been to assess the managerial situation in the summer. Pochettino signed a two-year deal with the Blues, with an option of a further 12 months, so his situation will be looked at following the season’s conclusion.

European football is said to be a big thing for the Chelsea board and failure to qualify for any form of continental competition could prove a hinderance to Pochettino. The Argentine could argue there has been progress at Stamford Bridge this season after reaching the Carabao Cup final but football is very much a results-based business.

It is incredibly hard for someone like Pochettino, who has inherited a brand-new squad of players in west London, to show clear signs of progress in the early stages of a long-term project. But as Graham Potter found out, football is one of the most brutal of businesses.

Palmer form

Cole Palmer has been one of the signings of the season in the whole of the Premier League. Saturday afternoon saw the 21-year-old reach double digits for goals and assists (in all competitions) in his debut season at Stamford Bridge.

Palmer, who has 12 goals and 10 assists to his name this term, is the first Chelsea player to do that since Mason Mount in the 2021/22 season. At £42.5million, the former Manchester City attacker is looking more and more like a bargain with each passing game.

Saying that, however, Palmer is on a bit of a goal drought. The England international, who has a great chance of being named in the Euros squad this summer, has not found the back of the net for the Blues since the 4-2 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers a month ago – with six games passing since his last goal.

Palmer has not been playing badly but there is still so much more to come from him. There is absolutely no concern about the attacker, though, who has carried Chelsea on his back at times this season.

Another trip to Wembley

Chelsea’s Wembley hoodoo continued at the end of last month with an agonising 1-0 defeat to Liverpool after extra-time. The Blues have now lost a record six successive finals at the national stadium but could still play there again this season.

Leicester City at home awaits in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, March 17, with the Foxes standing in the way of another trip to Wembley. The semi-finals of the FA Cup are played at Wembley, meaning – if all goes well – Chelsea could make the trip twice more this season.

However, Leicester, under the management of Enzo Maresca, have been fabulous in the Championship this term. The Foxes are top of the second-tier table by three points as we approach the business end of the season and are clear favourites to top the division in May.

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