Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has explained why he may not start striker Christopher Nkunku in their Premier League fixture against Wolves on Sunday.
The Blues will be looking to continue with their excellent recent home form, as well as banish the memories of Wednesday’s 4-1 painful defeat away at Liverpool, when Wolves visit Stamford Bridge.
In the game against Liverpool, Nkunku came on as a substitute to score Chelsea’s lone goal and when asked if he will get a starting role against Wolves, Pochettino was unsure insisting they need to manage his comeback carefully.
“It’s good to see him but also we need to anticipate things. 45 minutes was good, we wanted to work a little bit more after the game but he can’t. He didn’t because I think 45 minutes was enough for him and we need to analyse and assess him, to see if he can start the next game,” said Pochettino.
“That is all the circumstances, sometimes when we see the result of things we need to put it into context. I hope that he can cope with the demands of the game and he can play more than only 45 minutes.”
Pochettino continued: “We need to keep working with him. After six or seven months always it is difficult for a player, but he is starting to show what he can do after playing 45 minutes. We can see he had one chance and he was capable to score a great goal and show his quality.
“We need take care of his situation, build his confidence and fitness step by step. He needs to work really hard to get to his best. Of course we’re happy with the way that he is helping the team now but we need to be careful in the way we are going to push him to get fit in the way that we expect.”