McCoist: “I Don’t Care What Anybody Says…”
“You’ve got to play your strongest team and Ben Chilwell is in Chelsea’s strongest team. I don’t care what anybody says. So there has to be a level of criticism at the feet of Poch, I don’t think he’s playing his strongest team. Yes, he’s got injuries.”
Chilwell’s absence from the starting eleven has raised some questions, but it is evident that Pochettino made a tactical decision to start a more attack-minded player in the form of Mykhailo Mudryk.
However, there are still concerns regarding Pochettino’s back-four selections, with Levi Colwill now playing as a left-back.
Injuries, according to the analyst, have played a factor in Chelsea’s early season troubles, which should not be overlooked. Nine players are presently undergoing therapy.
McCoist’s major criticism about Pochettino not deploying his strongest XI, on the other hand, is valid. He appears to be particularly committed to a 4-3-3 system, which has resulted in players being placed in places they are not entirely comfortable with.
Chilwell is expected to play against Brighton
While the 26-year-old has not started recent games, it is widely expected that Pochettino would include him in the Carabao Cup starting eleven.
With Malo Gusto banned, the defence is set to change, which should result in Chilwell’s comeback.