Mauricio Pochettino accused of turning Chelsea star’s career ‘into a complete nightmare’ | Football

Mauricio Pochettino is under scrutiny after Chelsea were hammered by Liverpool (PA)

Mauricio Pochettino has been accused of turning Raheem Sterling into a ‘bang-average Premier League player’ and Thiago Silva’s stint at Chelsea ’into a complete nightmare’.

Chelsea delivered a woeful performance on Wednesday evening as they were hammered 4-1 by Liverpool at Anfield.

The defeat has left Chelsea 10th in the Premier League, while Pochettino openly questioned the ‘personality and character’ of his players.

But talkSPORT radio host Adrian Durham believes Pochettino should now come under scrutiny for Chelsea’s poor season and feels the Argentine is responsible for the drop in performance level from several players.

‘They’re not a team and I think it’s time now after 22 games to shine a light on Mauricio Pochettino,’ Durham told talkSPORT.

Thiago Silva of Chelsea looks dejected after the team's defeat in the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC

Thiago Silva’s career at Chelsea has been turned into ‘a complete nightmare’, says Adrian Durham (Getty)

‘He has a lot of love, people do say some positive things about him. There’s a lot of blaming of Todd Boehly, the board, the signings and the recruitment etc.

‘However, on the pitch last night, Chelsea were hopeless playing out from the back, getting embarrassed by Liverpool’s high press but keeping on doing it was ridiculous. No in-game management from Pochettino and he’s got a problem because they are a shambles. They looked lost last night, they were terrible.

‘He doesn’t know his best XI. He’s wasting Cole Palmer’s talent playing him as a false nine, he wasn’t even in the game last night. He’s turning Raheem Sterling into a bang-average Premier League player when we know he’s better than that.

‘His team can’t defend or cannot play away from home. His midfield changes game after game and he doesn’t have a clue about that midfield.

‘I’m looking at it last night, Enzo and Caicedo £200 million worth of midfielders there and they were totally ineffective. They lost 4-1 with those two in centre midfield.

‘Thiago Silva is the big one for me. Pochettino and this Chelsea side are turning his end of career into a complete nightmare, it’s ruining his legacy. I think questions now need to be asked of Pochettino and how he’s managing those players.’

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