NEWCASTLE — Football has a notoriously short memory. Chelsea’s recent lively performances against Tottenham and Manchester City had everyone buzzing, but their 4-1 loss to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park exposed their true identity: A team still developing, lacking the desired strength and resilience.
“We were soft in every single challenge,” expressed a furious Mauricio Pochettino. “We did not compete. We did not show we were playing for something important. That is what makes me angry and disappointed. We need to learn in these games. It makes me very, very angry.”
Pochettino, suspended for the match, witnessed his concerns about Chelsea unfold from the stands, clearly emphasizing the team’s immaturity.
Throughout the season, Pochettino has urged his young team to mature, stressing the need for patience and consistency. However, the game against Newcastle proved to be a week to forget.
This was a significant challenge for Eddie Howe’s Newcastle, a team that has transformed home form, with only a few defeats since November 2021. Chelsea’s lack of fight was evident early on when Newcastle’s Alexander Isak opened the scoring after just 15 minutes.
Errors were prominent in Chelsea’s performance, but they got lucky. Thiago Silva’s blunder gifted Newcastle an opportunity, while Conor Gallagher missed a shot in front of goal.
Despite a goal from Raheem Sterling, questions remained at the half, with the second half bringing more disappointment as Newcastle scored twice, leaving Pochettino frustrated and Chelsea in 10th place.
Newcastle will draw confidence from this win, especially considering their recent injury crisis, but they know that in football, memories fade fast.
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