Moisés Caicedo is one half of Chelsea’s midfield pivot of great expense and even greater expectations — not to mention contract lengths — but unfortunately we’ve yet to really see that blossom as planned on the pitch, certainly not consistently.
Then again, we might note that Caicedo and Enzo Fernández have started just eleven (11) games together so far, and not all of them necessarily in the aforementioned arrangement. (Enzo has been pushed up ahead of Conor Gallagher on more than one occasion, for example, despite lesser returns.)
But while many of us may be getting a bit worried about all this, in both short-term results and long-term prospects, Caicedo himself isn’t worried about this slow start. The young midfielder remains steadfast in his belief that he, and the team, will come good.
“Football always gives this, ups and downs. Now I think that the club and I are not going through a good moment, but I’m calm because I knew that this could come. I must be mentally strong. The same people who put you up, bring you down. I have understood and I have not let myself be carried away by anyone’s flattery. I always worked for myself, I know how good I am, and if my family knows that, it’s enough for me.
“My mentality has always been a winner. Always be there, win games, win duels in the center of the field, be everywhere. I get upset with myself because I would like to show, but football is like that sometimes. It takes time to adapt to the club and it is a little more pressure, but I have known how to handle that. I have felt good about myself, I always want to win, for the team to be good, but now unfortunately we are not going through a good moment.”
The 22-year-old also maintains full support for the head coach, who has managed to create and seemingly maintain a family atmosphere despite our frequent disappointments in the football itself.
“I wanted to come here because they had shown me that they really loved me. It was something very nice for me, I decided quickly and said yes. [Pochettino] speaks my language and my relationship with him is easier. It’s very good. It was a little easier to join here. He is watching over us. More than all, I was the last one to arrive. I didn’t have a good preseason, he has protected me and I value that.”
As long as we believe, there is hope.