Mauricio Pochettino has blamed Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to Everton for two main reasons – a lack of aggression in the final third and a loss of concentration around their box.
A match of very few chances was settled at the beginning and end of the second half when Abdoulaye Doucoure gave the home side the lead and Lewis Dobbin made it safe in added time. However, it was Chelsea’s lack of impact in the final third that Pochettino chose to focus on when considering what went wrong at Goodison Park.
“We didn’t score,” said Pochettino. “I think we dominated the game, we were the better side, but if you don’t score goals it is difficult to win the games. We were not aggressive enough in the last third.
“We have been showing promise with it, but today we showed a lack of positivity. We had too many approaches into the last third but then if you are not aggressive enough or compete with quality there it is difficult to win the game. In the end, a lack of concentration, and we conceded one goal, but we should have scored before.
“We need to score if we want to win the game and be in a different position in the table. It’s not only about playing well, because the team did play well, and dominated the game, against a very difficult team like Everton. I think we deserved full credit because we were much better than them, but in the end, you need to score, because if not you build the confidence of the opponent. Then it’s impossible to play 97 minutes and not make a mistake.”