Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has urged Chelsea fans to exercise patience in regard to their new signings after a shaky start to the season.
He expressed confidence in his squad and deemed the new signings as ‘good investments for the club’. Additionally, he also said it is ‘not fair’ to judge them at such an early stage.
Moreover, Pochettino used Zinedine Zidane as an example, stating that he was not an instant success at Real Madrid when he arrived at the club.
What did Mauricio Pochettino say regarding the new signings at Chelsea?
In a press conference, Pochettino said [via GOAL]: “At Chelsea, the expectation is always massive. When you arrive at Chelsea as a player or coaching staff, the people expect to win, lift some trophies, perform and score.
“We now have a really young squad, players that are good investments for the club. We need to know that they are young and need to adapt and the circumstances and stay calm. It is not fair to assess after one game, two games, or three games and say he is not performing.
“I always use the same example; Real Madrid paid 70 or 80 million for a player named Zinedine Zidane. He was an amazing player but after six months, you can ask the fans at the Bernabeu, and they were saying; ‘oh, what have we bought?’
“He started to perform after seven or eight months. Zinedine Zidane was 26 or 27. When you buy players who are 20 or 21 you have to be careful.”
“They are not machines. They need to settle with all the circumstances that happened in the last few months. We need to give time. That’s why it can maybe effect the results that didn’t arrive but we are happy with the process and the way that the team is showing the way we want to play.”
Will Chelsea’s season improve as it continues?
The 2023/24 season has gotten off to a slow start for Chelsea. As things stand (before their game with Bournemouth), they have won one, drawn one and lost two.
Their sole victory this season came against Luton Town, the Premier League’s bottom club. Last time out, they suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.
However, it is important to remember that the Blues are currently in a state of transition. There have been several new additions to the squad – as well as a new manager.
These things will take time to gel. If Pochettino is given time to implement his style and leave his mark on the team, Chelsea’s fortunes should begin to improve.