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Pochettino defends players despite defeat to Wolves

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Chelsea’s abysmal form away from home continued on Christmas Eve, this time a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Chelsea dominated for large parts of the game but once again, key individual errors and lack of squad cohesion came back to bite. Raheem Sterling should have put Chelsea ahead on a couple of occasions but individual selfishness came back to haunt the blues.

Chelsea were soon kicking themselves for not taking their chances as either side of the half, Wolves kept knocking on the door. The consistent knocking paid off as Wolves took the lead in the 51st minute via Lemina.

Forward, Nicolas Jackson faced sarcastic applause and cheers for being subbed off in the 2nd half by the away end as the hostility continued. Just as the 11 minutes of added time went up, Wolves went 2-0 up to put the final nail in the coffin. Nkunku scored on his first Premier League appearance but it was too little, too late.

After the game, Pochettino told BBC Sport, “The quality players are here, they wouldn’t be at Chelsea otherwise. It is about how you mix these players together. It takes time to work. Nkunku needs time for everyone to see his best.”

Chelsea face Crystal Palace on Wednesday in what is yet again another must win territory for Pochettino.

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