Mauricio Pochettino ‘disappointed’ with Chelsea full-backs in Bournemouth stalemate

Chelsea were forced to settle for a goalless draw against Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino revealed he was ‘disappointed’ with Chelsea’s full-backs during their Premier League stalemate against Bournemouth.

The Blues’ sluggish start to the new campaign continued at the Vitality Stadium where they were forced to settled for a goalless draw, having missed a host of presentable opportunities.

Indeed, the outcome could have been worse had it not been for two tremendous saves from Robert Sanchez, who denied Andoni Iraola a first win at the Cherries boss.

While Pochettino was keen to stress the positives, he confessed he was less than pleased with the performances of Levi Colwill and Malo Gusto, as well as Ben Chilwell who came on as a late substitite.

He said: ‘One thing I am disappointed is they [the full-backs] try to go forward too much and create confusion to the offensive players and give the opponent chances to get chances.’

Ben Chilwell apologised to Chelsea’s fans following their 0-0 draw at Bournemouth (Picture: Getty)

Chelsea have failed to score a Premier League goal since Nicolas Jackson found the back of the net against Luton back on August 25 but Pochettino insists the goals will begin to flow before too long.

‘What the numbers say in the end is that it wasn’t enough. It’s always about the game, he said. ‘We should win 1-0, 2-0 today easily because in the first 30 minutes we had the chances.

‘If we didn’t score and didn’t win the game maybe you need to say to the people that it wasn’t enough.

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‘We need to be tough in the way that we are trying. We need to prove our efficiency in front of goal. We need to be calm also but these circumstances are not always easy for the players. We cannot blame anyone.

‘In the last 10 minutes, our full-backs and some defensive players wanted to do the jobs of the offensive players. Sometimes we couldn’t risk the point.

‘I prefer that to being relaxed and calm. They care a lot about the game and situation. The effort was really good.’

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