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Why Mauricio Pochettino is struggling at Chelsea

An ex-Tottenham player has explained Chelsea’s tough start under Pochettino.

Chelsea fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa over the weekend.

The Blues have now won one in six Premier League games and sit 14th in the division.

This is all after the club spent over £1b in the last three transfer windows on some quality players.

Now, Aaron Lennon, who worked with Pochettino at Tottenham, believes the negative press plus the training Pochettino has implemented could be playing a part in the struggles: “That’s the last thing you need. When you’re not getting results on the pitch, and then things are coming out from inside the dressing room, it makes it all a little bit of a circus.

“It’s a bit like Man United at the minute, it’s just story after story, and that’s when, normally, things are not going well and players are unhappy. If you do look at the injury list, I actually looked at it and thought [about] Pochettino’s training methods.

“He does change the training routine. He did it when he came to Spurs. Some of our players, we did struggle at the beginning because it was a completely different load and maybe that is playing a part.”

“We’ve talked about changing so many players and so many managers, and a lot of these players are really young, they’ve not played in the league and they’ve come for big, big price tags. The pressure of what Chelsea fans expect, they’re not going to accept this.

“They’re on five points in six games, no goals in three games. For Chelsea? It’s unheard of. They’re under massive pressure and I really think Pochettino has got a difficult, difficult task at hand.” Manchester United vs Crystal Palace betting tips: Carabao Cup preview, predictions, team news and odds

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