Poch compares post-mortem into Chelsea’s Newcastle collapse to a hospital visit

Mauricio Pochettino claims his post-mortem into Chelsea’s debacle at Newcastle was like a trip to hospital.

Having ripped into his side’s pathetic performance immediately after the 4-1 St James’s Park hammering eight days ago, the Blues boss then spent most of last week trying to discover exactly what the problem is – and what might fix it.

Hence, he compared his role in the recovery process with that of a doctor assessing a sick patient, giving a diagnosis – before issuing a course of treatment.

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Ahead of Sunday's home clash against Brighton – six points better off than the hosts – Pochettino revealed: “It’s like when you go to the doctor because you have some pain in your body.

“You arrive at the hospital because you don’t feel well. First of all, the doctor needs to do some analysis, see you and detect the problem. Then, they give the medicine or the solution.

“With us, it is the same, we analyse to identify why. And when you find out why it happened, you attack the problem. We already know that this is a young team that needs to be more mature and consistent and this up and down can happen.

“Now we need to realise why and then emphasise in different areas how to anticipate these types of situations.”

So will the medicine work? And how does he ensure it sinks into Chelsea’s relatively-inexperienced squad as they attempt to bounce back by securing a first league win over the Seagulls in six outings.

Cue the next interesting analogy, with the Argentinian revealing that side of the job is more akin to an academic university chief.

Declaring his faith in the players to listen, learn and set the record straight, the ex-Paris Saint-Germain coach went on: “You approach it like you are the professor of a university.

“Sometimes, you need to accept it is not a bad intention, that sometimes they didn’t perform because they didn’t understand our message. That’s for us to analyse, ourselves, and then put our ideas forward in a different way.

“And they need to learn that when on the pitch they must make decisions for themselves. We need to put it all together and behave like a team. Yes, of course, I trust them. I trust the club, the players, the squad. It’s only a matter of time.”

Sending Brighton packing would certainly help convince the doubting Stamford Bridge faithful there is a brighter future following a mind-blowing 15 home league losses in 2023.

Discussing the understandable apprehension in the stands – and sense of gloom and doom that descend at the first sign of trouble, Poch is adamant only the team can alter that mood.

He added: “It’s up to us to create the atmosphere and that always come from the energy we translate to our fans. The way they are is down to how we play.

“Brighton are a good team. Like every Premier League game it will be tough. The most important thing is our approach and that we show our quality.”

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