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Mauricio Pochettino defends Chelsea coaching strategies after Romeo Lavia harm setback


Mauricio Pochettino insists coaching strategies will not be behind Chelsea’s ongoing harm battle after one other setback noticed midfielder Romeo Lavia dominated out for the rest of the marketing campaign.

Lavia will finish his debut season with simply 32 minutes of taking part in time to his title. Having arrived unfit, he suffered an ankle harm which saved him out till December, earlier than his quick cameo off the bench towards Crystal Palace led to a hamstring drawback which has seen Lavia sidelined ever since.

Whereas the midfielder’s health battle could have been the most important at Chelsea this season, the Blues have confronted numerous harm points all 12 months. The most recent replace from the membership included no fewer than 9 gamers at the moment sidelined, with Trevoh Chalobah, Carney Chukwuemeka and Robert Sanchez the newest to hitch the social gathering within the therapy room.

Pochettino and his supposedly intense coaching strategies have been blamed by many for Chelsea’s health points, however the boss insisted Lavia’s struggles ought to show he can’t be held accountable.

Discussing Lavia, Pochettino stated: “It is troublesome to elucidate the state of affairs as a result of I’m not a physician and be exact with the knowledge. An important factor is to clarify that in 9 months, only some weeks he was with us, coaching with us.

“He arrived and he couldn’t practice. When the membership signed him, he was injured…I believe it was his hip, or I do not know, that was the issue. Then when he began to coach with us, he suffered a knock in his toes.

“After he was coaching with us for just a few weeks, he was accessible towards Wolverhampton however he did not go in, after which towards Crystal Palace he performed half-hour and obtained injured in his quad and by no means once more had the likelihood to coach with us.

“I do not know, you confirmed me, ‘the strategies of Pochettino are so laborious’, no? However he did not practice with me. He’s unhappy. It’s a unhappy state of affairs. We hope he can grow to be stronger and for positive, we’re going to assist him to grow to be stronger and be accessible for the pre-season and the subsequent season to point out his high quality.”

Romeo Lavia

Lavia will miss the remainder of the season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Pochettino added that he has solely confronted the same harm difficulty in one of many 15 seasons of his administration profession.

The following check for Pochettino comes on Saturday towards Premier League strugglers Burnley, however the boss insists Chelsea can not afford to underestimate Vincent Kompany’s outfit.

“It is all the time going to be troublesome,” he stated of Saturday’s opponents. “I believe it is a crew that performs very free, they really feel freedom to play. They run so much, they’re a really bodily crew with good gamers, good younger gamers.

“It’s going to be robust. For us, it is all the time robust as a result of we must be in a special place. We have to win, we have to carry out properly. At all times within the Premier League you might be by no means going to seek out a straightforward sport. Burnley are a really thrilling crew to observe. It’s going to be troublesome.”