Mauricio Pochettino gives assessment of Chelsea’s progress

Chelsea are back in action on Wednesday evening when they face Aston Villa in an FA Cup replay, with the winner taking on Leeds in the next round.

Villa and Chelsea drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge in the first tie and the Blues are now 11/5 with bet365 to win this evening.

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Mauricio Pochettino on Chelsea progress

Ahead of Wednesday’s game, Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing Chelsea’s progress under him.

The west Londoners sit 11th in the league but are in a League Cup final vs Liverpool later this month so it has not all been bad, though the Argentine did stress the need for time with this project:

“We always need time and we are building from zero,” Pochettino told reporters. “Sometimes it looks like you move forward, but sometimes you need to go back because some problems appear.

“You should think it is going to be good, but after it, it is maybe better to go for [something else]. It always takes time. Look at the project of Manchester City or Liverpool.

“It’s always about time. It’s about time and about a very clear leadership like Pep or Jurgen. It’s so clear from there you build all these projects.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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