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  • 27 February 2024

Mauricio Pochettino's Future

Chelsea's head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, finds himself facing an uncertain future following his team's disappointing loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final. With pressure mounting and qualification for European football becoming a pivotal factor, questions loom over the Argentine's tenure at Stamford Bridge.

Despite signing a two-year contract last summer, with an option for a third, doubts have surfaced regarding Chelsea's willingness to extend their partnership with Pochettino. The recent defeat at Wembley has only intensified speculation surrounding his long-term position as head coach.

While there wasn't an immediate knee-jerk reaction to the loss, Chelsea officials are now closely monitoring the situation, particularly as the club aims to secure European football for the upcoming season. The recent upturn in results, including notable performances against top-tier opponents, has provided moments of optimism amidst the uncertainty.

However, Pochettino faces a critical juncture in the season, with pivotal matches ahead that could ultimately shape his future at the club. Chelsea's pursuit of European qualification adds further significance to these upcoming fixtures, with the FA Cup potentially offering a lifeline if league form continues to fluctuate.

Interestingly, sources close to Chelsea's ownership reveal that the club has already begun considering potential candidates to replace Pochettino should they decide to part ways. Among the names circulating is Ruben Amorim of Sporting Lisbon, although securing his services could prove challenging given his high-profile options.

While there are no immediate plans to dismiss Pochettino mid-season, a downturn in results could prompt a reassessment of the situation. Chelsea's management is keen to conduct a thorough review at the end of the season, taking into account various factors including the coach's relationship with supporters and club ownership.

Despite recent scrutiny over Pochettino's interactions and post-match comments, sources indicate that there was no intentional snub towards co-owner Todd Boehly at Wembley. Similarly, Pochettino's remarks about playing for penalties were misinterpreted, with the coach emphasizing his team's fatigue rather than a deliberate strategy.

As Chelsea navigates through this period of uncertainty, all eyes will be on Pochettino and his ability to steer the team towards success on the pitch. The coming weeks promise to be decisive in determining the course of his tenure at Stamford Bridge.

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