Chelsea fans demand Mauricio Pochettino change tactics… here's how Blues can batter Bournemouth | The Sun

CHELSEA fans are demanding Mauricio Pochettino changes his tactics.

And a few simple tweaks can launch the Blues to victory in their next game against Bournemouth.

Chelsea were left shellshocked on Saturday as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino’s men were toothless in attack as they squandered numerous chances to score.

The result came off the back of a sketchy Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon.

Chelsea have now already lost two of their opening four league games this term.


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And even their sole win against Luton Town was touch-and-go until they opened up a two-goal lead with 20 minutes remaining.

Fans are now calling for Pochettino to ring the changes, with one supporter even going up against Thiago Silva over formations on social media.

Chelsea’s tactics see them employ two pragmatic formations during games, going with a Man City-esque back three while attacking and reverting to a traditional four in defence.

However, both transitions have seen left-back Ben Chilwell end up playing left-wing.

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It’s forced exciting new centre-back Levi Colwill to often take up the left-back position himself.

And it also means natural attacking wingers like Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke have been left warming the bench this season.

The inclusion of a third centre-back in Axel Disasi also has supporters wondering why Pochettino ditched his successful pre-season tactics.

One said on social media: “Blame Poch, he’s using players in the wrong position.”

Another declared: “Plays a defensive system and doesn’t defend. Plays a LB at LW.”

One added: “Dreadful football. Negative and pragmatic approach.”

The Argentine boss now has time to work with players due to the international break.

But to win fans around, he must abandon his confusing formations and revert back to type in the next game against Bournemouth.

A 4-2-3-1 formation worked wonders in his first weeks, with Chelsea romping to the inaugural Premier League Summer Series crown.

A four-man defence with Chilwell at left-back and Colwill in the middle immediately serves as an effective platform to launch attacks while keeping a solid shape.

Enzo Fernandez’s new role as a No10 has not worked either, and he would be better suited dropping to a pivot alongside Moises Caicedo — whose tenacity would then allow the World Cup winner to spring more of his incredible passes from effective and deep positions.

The most noticeable change must come in the front four, with Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Jackson crying out for more support.

Mudryk has shown that he may need more time to adjust.

But Madueke already looks at home with Chelsea and deserves to get his starting chance on the right wing.

Likewise, deadline day signing Cole Palmer proved with Man City that he can handle any occasion.

His ability to drift wide and score from distance makes him an ideal No10 while Christopher Nkunku remains injured.

It means a less complicated system, with players in the right positions and an extra body in attack, should get Chelsea over the line against Bournemouth.

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It would also open the door for Poch to utilise more new signings like Romeo Lavia and Lesley Ugochukwu.

And importantly, it will help Chelsea’s new boss get fans back on side after an underwhelming start to his reign.

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