Mauricio Pochettino was far from pleased as the half-time whistle sounded at Stamford Bridge on Saturday night, and as he stormed down the tunnel early to get his hair-dryer, his mood was mirrored by the general reaction among the faithful, both in the stadium and online.
Chelsea had welcomed in the new year with a flat and uninspiring 45 minutes, and while Preston North End didn’t offer much in response, they were the side that more looked like they wanted to be playing this game — especially after Cole Palmer’s big miss, which seemed to take all remaining wind out of our sails.
Thankfully, our second-half response was much closer to what was expected, and after Armando Broja nodded us into the lead, the floodgates opened with four goals in total and a hatful of other “big chances” missed.
It’s not a win to frame up in the museum — even if Thiago Silva did score a carbon copy of Didier Drogba’s header in Munich in 2012 — but it’s a win that was necessary and expected and needed.
“Yes a very good win. The first half I was a little disappointed. We started so sloppy. I told the players at half-time we needed to increase the energy and match that of Preston.
“The second half was a completely different game. We dominated, created chances and deserved victory. We showed a lack of desire in the first half and we were talking too much about their energy. They were better than us in this area. I was really disappointed but after we increased our level we started to play and deserved to win.”
“[We] are a young team that needs to be build through results but also performances to get confidence. [...] That is the pressure. [We] need to give time to the young kids so they can improve and mature. We need to find a balance. It’s a matter of time before the team will perform because we have the quality. We have a group and team to be better.”
-Mauricio Pochettino; source: BBC
It’s now three wins in a row and five in six in all competitions. Let’s keep it rolling!