Pochettino: Only a matter of time before we start to win matches

20 Aug 2023

Chelsea head coach pleased with his side's performance despite the 3-1 defeat to West Ham

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Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes it is only a matter of time before his side start to win matches after revealing he was pleased with his team's performance in the 3-1 defeat to 10-man West Ham United.

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Chelsea youngster Carney Chukwuemeka cancelled out Nayef Aguerd's opener at London Stadium, but after Enzo Fernandez missed a penalty, West Ham retook the lead through Michail Antonio, and despite Aguerd being sent off, the Hammers added a third in second-half stoppage time through Lucas Paqueta's penalty.

See: Ten-man West Ham stun Chelsea to leave Pochettino winless

The Blues opened their season with an impressive showing in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool, and host Luton Town on Friday seeking their first win of the campaign.

“I prefer to start in this way, showing good performance, good attitude, because we dominated Liverpool and West Ham,” Pochettino told the club’s official website.

“I think the attitude is there, to get in the final third 50 times today shows the attitude is good and against Liverpool it was the same.

"That is the base for the future, with the quality we have in the squad it is only time until we start to find the best balance and we start to score goals and win games.

“I said it after Liverpool and it is still the same, we are really excited about the squad we are building.

"It is a defeat that is only going to make us stronger so we are able to perform better in the next games. Now we need to move on, there were many positive things. Not the result, but we will work really hard to win on Friday and get the performance that we want to.”

Pochettino provided an update on Chukwuemeka after the midfielder was forced off with a knee injury.

“We need to assess him tomorrow,” said Pochettino. “There will be an assessment tomorrow with the doctor. We hope it's not a big issue, but we need to wait.”

As for David Moyes, he picked out James Ward-Prowse for special praise after the midfielder became the first West Ham player to assist two goals on his Premier League debut for the club.

“We want midfielders who look to make assists and score,” Moyes told the club’s official website. “We’ve got him in now and he’s already made a difference with his set-piece quality today. I’m really pleased for him. He’s settled in well and he looks a really good lad for our dressing room.”

While Moyes stressed the importance of the victory given this was West Ham's only home fixture in their first four matches, he admitted his side still have plenty to work on.

“I thought today was great. Let’s be fair; Chelsea will be in the top four at the end of the season and we’ve just beaten them at home. So we’ve got to put that in perspective. 

“We’re still regrouping a bit and getting ready, and we’ve still got a bit of work to do before I would say we’re completely ready. But I’m glad we got that win today. They’re important points with the run of games we’ve got.”

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