Gianfranco Zola, a former player for Chelsea, claims the team has a significant “problem” as Mauricio Pochettino faces increasing pressure.
Five points have been earned by the Blues from their first six games, a terrible start to the season.
Last summer, Pochettino oversaw expenditures of almost £400 million, bringing the total under Todd Boehly to about £1.1 billion.
However, the expenditure hasn’t made much of a difference in Chelsea’s fall, and the Blues are in for a difficult stretch of games over the next two months that will see them play most of the top six teams.
The main ‘issue’ at Chelsea, according to Zola, is spending because fans are unimpressed with the new crop of players.
According to Zola, “the fans don’t yet identify with these players.”
There are many young, fresh players, and they are not living up to the expectations of the fans, which is leading to, shall we say, unhappiness.
The risk of spending so much money and bringing in so many new players is that you won’t be able to build a group because it’s challenging. The players must develop a relationship. It requires time.
I hope the supporters realize there can’t be the same degree of expectation as there was four or five years ago. The current team is not the same. This group is coming together. At the time, it is the issue.