Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has admitted that ‘madness’ is running through Chelsea but that he has still got ‘great faith in Mauricio Pochettino’ following their latest defeat at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues have endured a torrid time since the arrival of Todd Boehly 18 months ago, splashing out well in excess of 1 billion pounds but failing to see any results on the pitch.
Another defeat, 1-0 at home to European hopefuls Aston Villa, has left them sitting on just five points after six games, a total that puts them 14th in the Premier League and already nine points outside a place to qualify for Champions League football next season.
Pressure is already building on Mauricio Pochettino, who has won just one of his Premier League games in charge in west London and has called for patience after a major squad overhaul in the last three transfer windows.
Meanwhile, it looks even more bleak for Enzo Fernandez, with the Argentine having helped his side to just one Premier League win since his arrival on deadline day in January, with that coming against Bournemouth in May.
Despite this, Neville is still backing Pochettino to turn things around, though he couldn’t resist another jab at the owners for their ‘chaos’ in west London.
“What are Chelsea doing?!’ Neville said on his podcast [via The Metro]. “What is happening? I’ve got great faith in Mauricio Pochettino, but he’s got a huge pack of cards and he’s struggling to know which hand to play.
“It’s a mystery as to what’s happening at Chelsea. Sometimes chaos just flows throughout a club. I think there will be some changes in how they go about their business. I can’t see this lasting in terms of how it’s being run. It’s madness.”
Chelsea face a tough run of games ahead of them, with Brighton, Fulham and Burnley before the international break but then successive games against Arsenal, Brentford, Tottenham, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Brighton, a run which it looks unlikely on current form that they will pick up many points.