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Chelsea faces injury concerns yet again as things look bad for Pochettino

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Mauricio Pochettino faces another setback at Chelsea as news emerges of an injury to a key player at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino’s debut season at Chelsea has been forgettable, culminating in their EFL Cup final loss to Liverpool. The Blues’ streak of six consecutive domestic final losses led Gary Neville to label them “Blue billion pound bottlejobs” after their extra-time performance at Wembley.

Reports suggest Pochettino’s long-term future at Chelsea is already uncertain. The club, led by owner Todd Boehly, is reportedly considering Ruben Amorim from Sporting CP. As well as Simone Inzaghi from Inter Milan as potential replacements.

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Pochettino also commented on Gary Neville: “I have a good relationship with Gary and I don’t know if that’s how I can take this opinion. But I respect his opinion. Of course, we made a few changes with Gallagher and Chilwell in extra time, it is true we didn’t keep the energy of how we finished the second half.”

Chelsea faces further injury woes with Christopher Nkunku sidelined, adding to their already depleted squad. Fabrizio Romano reported the news on X, confirming Pochettino’s statement regarding the unspecified injury to the Frenchman.

Nkunku’s debut season has been deeply frustrating, with only two Premier League starts. However, Pochettino praised him for his performance and goal against Wolves on Christmas Eve. He said:

“I’m very pleased to see Nkunku score and it shows how important he can be for us. We cannot put too much pressure on him. He’s been out for a very long time and that is why he came on after 60 minutes, to help ease him in.”

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