Mauricio Pochettino speaks out on Chelsea’s youngest-ever Premier League team

Chelsea played host to Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening and ran out 2-1 winners to secure a much-needed three points.

The Blues return to action on Saturday when they travel to Luton for the day’s early Premier League kick-off. Back Chelsea to win at 3/5 with bet365.

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It was revealed pre-Crystal Palace that Chelsea had named their youngest-ever Premier League starting XI (23 years, 21 days).

Goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Noni Madueke secured Chelsea the win and when speaking post-match, Mauricio Pochettino was quick to praise his young side:

“Different players, different ways to play, in the performance. I think we didn’t start well. We didn’t manage well the pressure to play a game that was really important for us. We needed to win,” he said.

“Always with a young team like this, it can struggle. We were thinking too much. I told at half-time it’s tough to think because we think, receive the ball and afterwards it is going to be late, the moment to release the ball, to move and find space. We moved so slow from the beginning.

“I think we had chances to score, and score a few more, but I wasn’t so happy to concede in the last minute [of the first-half] because it was a massive impact for the team. But I think the second-half we started well again and can go and play a little bit more.

“I’m so happy because the players from the bench were a very good impact for the team and that is how to realise that we want to be consistent. Sometimes, when the players come from the bench, we need the players to be at their best.”

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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