In a Premier League clash that ended in a stalemate, Chelsea’s performance against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium has sparked a wave of disappointment and anger among their fans. The Blues, who have managed to secure only five points from their first five matches of the new season, were booed off the field by their own supporters.
Chelsea, under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino, had hoped to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Nottingham Forest before the international break. However, the 2021 Champions League winners were held to a goalless draw by Bournemouth. This result marks Chelsea’s second-worst start in the Premier League era, with the 2015/16 season being the only one to start worse, with just four points from five matches.
The full-time whistle was met with boos from a section of Chelsea fans, expressing their frustration at the team’s performance. Pochettino responded to these jeers in an interview with The Mirror. The Argentine manager acknowledged that the fans’ disappointment was justified given the investment and expectations associated with the team.
Pochettino said, “I think the fans know if you invest the type of money, there is expectation. What I can tell the fans is the circumstance, I cannot change the reality. With all of the squad fit we can compete, we don’t have all of the squad available, what can we do?”
He further added that despite the current circumstances, they are doing good things and achieving more than what people expect. However, he emphasized that Chelsea is about winning and that young players need to understand what it means to be a Chelsea player.