Chelsea vs Burnley: What did the Blues lack in the disappointing draw? Mauricio Pochettino responds

Pochettino spoke about how his side failed to take their chances and what he did not like about their defensive side of things.

Mauricio Pochettino in a file photo; Credit: Twitter@ChelseaFC
By Karthik Raman | Apr 1, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Chelsea twice threw away the lead to settle for a disappointing 2-2 draw against 10-men Burnley in the Premier League. The home side kept pushing for the lead but they were frustrated by the well-drilled visitors. Burnley maintained a good defensive shape and made life difficult for the hosts. However, Chelsea got a big advantage when Lorenz Assignon was sent off for the visitors five minutes before the half time.

The Blues soon took the lead through a Cole Palmer penalty. However, Burnley came back with a strong response at the start of the second half by scoring the equaliser through Josh Cullen. Chelsea kept pushing to retake the lead which came in the 78th minute when Palmer scored again. However, they were unable to hold on to this lead either with the visitors scoring the equaliser just three minutes later through Dara O’Shea.

We missed energy: Mauricio Pochettino

Despite having a man advantage Chelsea were unable to retake the lead, as the Premier League contest finished 2-2. After the match, Mauricio Pochettino explained what did his side miss in the game. “Today it was so clear what we miss. When we don’t have the ball we need to increase our level and increase our capacity to win the ball back and not allow them to travel so easily from one area to another,” Pochettino, quoted on the club’s website, said after the match.

He added: “We missed energy, we missed the capacity to deal with the situation, we missed communication between us. After Wolves, the team was celebrating every single tackle and things like this that could increase our competitive level, but today we were not seeing the same energy. We have a clear idea in which way we need to improve. I’m not going to blame anyone, that is just the reality. That is the key and we need to attack what the team needs to improve if we want to be better.”

‘We need to increase our percentage of goals’

Pochettino then went on to analyse the game in depth, as he spoke about how his side failed to take their chances and what he did not like about their defensive side of things. “We are very disappointed and frustrated in the way that in the second half we didn’t manage to deal with the situation. We are a team that when we play in possession and go forward are capable of creating many chances, but we didn’t score with the chances we created. We need to increase our percentage of goals,” he said.

He added: “Today we didn’t show the capacity, the energy, the hunger that is the minimum to compete in the Premier League. In the defensive phase we conceded too much. That is why I am so upset and disappointed. It is about being stronger as a group, stronger to be like a team. For different reasons we are so slow evolving in this area and that was the key today. It is not about finding excuses but the team played well, we had energy when we were going forward, but when we didn’t have the ball we didn’t show the same energy.”

Without mincing his words, Pochettino gave an honest assessment, as he explained the disappointment with his side’s game without the ball. “Today of course I am not happy with the performance when we don’t have the ball. We were capable of creating chances and had the capacity to move and penetrate against a team who played with a block very deep and a very physical team. If we are able to do that, in another phase we need to be strong also and we need to have the capacity to go and recover the ball back. Today we allowed them to run too much,” he elaborated.

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