Despite spending in excess of £1billion on new recruits since Todd Boehly’s arrival, the west London giants find themselves languishing down in 11th place in the Premier League table at the halfway stage of the campaign.
Back-to-back defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Wolves have only intensified the pressure on Pochettino and there are calls from some sections of the fanbase for Chelsea to cut their losses on the 51-year-old, just as they did with Graham Potter after just six months.
Chelsea’s hierarchy appreciate the problems the club have faced, but there are no plans in place to move on from Pochettino as it stands – with the ex-Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain boss tied into a deal at Stamford Bridge until 2025.
However, former Chelsea and France midfielder Petit has run out of patience with Pochettino and feels the Argentine’s negative body language has the look of a dead man walking.
‘I was so disappointed with Chelsea’s performance against Wolves,’ Petit told compare.bet, after Pochettino’s players were booed off the pitch at the final whistle.
‘They looked so disorganised, they were tactically a mess, no fighting spirit, communication, or character. I felt pity on the Chelsea fans.
‘I was thinking, why would you put [Christopher] Nkunku up front as a lone striker? Does he even know what Nkunku does best? In Germany and France it is well known that he cannot play by himself up front and never has done that. He is very good in the 10 or in a two up front, but he can’t do that role at all.
‘Pochettino refuses to mold his tactic around his players and the composition of the team just doesn’t make sense at the moment.
‘He doesn’t have a clue what he wants to do, and his body language is not good at all, he looks like he is on the way out already.’
In the wake of his dismissal at Roma, Mourinho finds himself among the bookmakers’ favourites to take over the reins should Pochettino lose his job as Chelsea manager.
A Chelsea fan favourite, Mourinho steered the club to eight trophies across his two spells in west London and Petit believes the self-proclaimed Special One could be the man to ‘come in and fix’ their problems.
‘I’ve seen the speculation that Mourinho could come in with John Terry as his assistant,’ the 1998 World Cup winner added.
‘When you think about it, it could be something interesting. He would give the team character and personality.
‘At the moment they are a broken team and he could be the man to come in and fix it.
‘I actually think they need a manager who will have a proper vision of what needs to be done with the players that are there.
‘They have to stop buying players and looking at how they can develop what they have there already.
‘Chelsea need to develop an identity, because at the moment they don’t have one.’
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