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Pochettino aiming for rare win at Old Trafford to keep Chelsea momentum going

Pre-match thoughts from the boss

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After yet another five-goal game, our fourth in a row to feature at least that many total goals scored (4-1, 4-4, 1-4, 3-2), Chelsea have been declared the Premier League’s great “Entertainers”. I’m not sure my heart rate agrees.

Mauricio Pochettino certainly wasn’t keen on the type of entertainment we served at St James’ Park a couple weeks ago. And Sunday’s fare was a bit more dramatic than it was probably good for our collective health and life expectancies.

But a win is a win is a win, and doing so down a player for an hour (including the extended stoppage time) should make it even more impactful in terms of our team- and momentum-building efforts. And that’s primarily what Pochettino’s hoping to see tomorrow as we go to Old Trafford seeking a first league win in a decade.

“The most important is to feel ready to compete because we are going to face a team that is going to be tough because they want to win and we want to keep our momentum and build from Brighton and be higher in the table. It’s important for us to be in a different position. It’s a game that we need to go there and try to win.”

“Little by little we are building something we believe is going to be amazing for the future of the club, that is about a period of time and earning the thing that we want. [But] before talking about tactics, philosophy or methodology it’s about being all together, the desire, to belong to the club, this group of players fighting altogether. If we feel like this after we can evolve and develop in any way to play. [And] to be more consistent, more mature like a team. That is only going to come with time.”

Unfortunately neither Christopher Nkunku nor Roméo Lavia are quite ready yet and we’re dealing with a couple new injuries as well, in addition to Conor Gallagher’s suspension.

“Hope soon [but Nkunku] is not involved tomorrow. [...] It’s about assessing day by day. Sometimes we become excited when we see on the pitch and we want to have the player as soon as possible but I think we need to be careful and of course when he is ready he is going to be really strong.

“Romeo is doing well also but like Christopher is not going to be involved. [And] Lesley (Ugochukwu) feels something this week, a minor injury. Noni (Madueke) post-match, after Brighton also, minor problems hope that soon they will be available to train and available for the team.”

-Mauricio Pochettino; source: Football.London

Let’s see who rises to the challenge on this occasion.

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