Premier League Chelsea lacked energy and hunger in Burnley draw – Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino was left in no doubt where Chelsea need to improve following their 2-2 draw with Burnley at the Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Blues twice took the lead against Burnley through fine Cole Palmer goals, the first a dinked penalty which also left the Clarets down to 10 men, and the second a calm finish from a lovely Raheem Sterling flick.

However, on both occasions Chelsea allowed Burnley to equalise and get back into the game, resulting in a 2-2 draw. Reflecting on the match, Pochettino felt it was a case of two points dropped rather than one point earned.

“We are very disappointed and frustrated in the way that in the second half we didn’t manage to deal with the situation,” said Pochettino, adding: “We are a team that when we play in possession and go forward are capable of creating many chances, but we didn’t score with the chances we created. We need to increase our percentage of goals.

“Today we didn’t show the capacity, the energy, the hunger that is the minimum to compete in the Premier League. In the defensive phase we conceded too much. That is why I am so upset and disappointed.

“It is about being stronger as a group, stronger to be like a team. For different reasons we are so slow evolving in this area and that was the key today. It is not about finding excuses but the team played well, we had energy when we were going forward, but when we didn’t have the ball we didn’t show the same energy.”


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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