Nkunku out as Pochettino prepares for a pivotal match against Leeds

The season and perhaps the manager’s job are on the line when Chelsea hosts lower-division Leeds United in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday. Liverpool’s narrow loss in Sunday’s League Cup final prevented Pochettino from winning his first trophy in English football and from having the kind of momentous victory that could have launched his career. Because of this, Chelsea’s poor season now has to win over Leeds, and their cause will not be aided by the fact that forward Christopher Nkunku is sidelined once more due to his recurring injury problems.

 

The loss to an injured Liverpool team has once again brought attention to Pochettino, just when it seemed like the Argentine could finally be the puzzle piece at Stamford Bridge. It seems unlikely that his team would qualify for Europe given their position in the Premier League’s bottom half, and a loss against Leeds would be extremely detrimental to the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, who was questioned by reporters on Tuesday. After Chelsea’s 1-0 loss at Wembley, Pochettino remarked, “Of course we are so disappointed. Chelsea is about winning.” Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool for four years without winning a championship, but he did receive the club’s backing. Because of that, they are now receiving what is rightfully theirs.

 

After the final, Pochettino claimed to have received a “nice message” from the club’s American chairman Todd Boehly. When questioned if the project was successful, Pochettino responded, “It depends on how you look at it.” We are doing well right now and in the process, which is typical,” he remarked. “So you can declare it to be “successful,” right? losing in the championship game? You could argue that it’s disastrous. Depending on how you evaluate things. There’s no doubt that Leeds, who have won nine straight Championship games to take second place in the rankings, would punish any Chelsea hangover.

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