Mauricio Pochettino has admitted one of his ‘fragile’ players is suffering’ right now

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted one of his ‘fragile’ players is suffering’ right now

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that one of his ‘fragile’ players is ‘suffering’ right now.

As Chelsea prepare to welcome Blackburn Rovers to Stamford Bridge this evening for The League Cup, Pochettino has been addressing the media in his pre-match press conference. As always, there was an embargoed section that was released late last night.

The Blues manager was asked about the current form of striker Nicolas Jackson, with the 22-year-old being unable to make any impact at all in recent games and has not been on it at all, drawing a lot of criticism from fans and pundits alike.

But Pochettino has been explaining the issues that Jackson has been facing, including an injury to his wrist where he had surgery recently.

In words cited by The Evening Standard, Pochettino said:

“For different reasons he is suffering, he has suffered an injury. After this it is difficult to train and then to score goals.

“Nico needs support. I understand the fans, they are entitled to say what they want but it was a really quiet moment and it was out of context.

“At this moment you are fragile, you need help, you need confidence and you need trust and this can change your focus.”

Jackson also saw his lack of movement up front picked over by legendary striker Alan Shearer on the BBC’s Match of the Day.

Pochettino watched the analysis and added: “I think that Nico, if you watch the game against Liverpool or Dortmund in pre-season, or Luton, he was doing what the analysis was about and what we expect.

“But for different circumstances, Nico was not at his best that day. For different circumstances, but we need to recover the player that was.

“I believe in him, I believe. The only problem is time. I don’t want to give examples, but he arrived at Chelsea in a situation that is not easy for him.

“We cannot be unfair in the analysis because he was frustrated from the beginning for different circumstances.”

Jackson will probably start the game tonight in the hope he can find the net in order to increase his confidence and pick him up again.


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