'Am I going to cry?' - Mauricio Pochettino bemoans injury luck after Chelsea are booed for disappointing draw at Bournemouth & criticises full-backs for creating 'confusion'

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  • Chelsea draw with Bournemouth
  • Blues have a lengthy injury list
  • Pochettino cuts disappointed figure

WHAT HAPPENED? Chelsea continued their lacklustre start to the season with a goalless draw at Bournemouth on Sunday. The Blues have just five points from five games and sit 14th in the table but their cause has not been helped by a multiple players being out on the sidelines, including captain Reece James, forward Christopher Nkunku, midfielders Romeo Lavia and Moises Caicedo, and centre-backs Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile. Now, manager Pochettino has bemoaned their injury problems, but also criticised his full-backs for their showing at the Vitality Stadium. Malo Gusto and Levi Colwill started at right-back and left-back respectively, while Ben Chilwell came on as a second-half substitute.

WHAT THEY SAID: When quizzed on the boos from the visiting fans, the Chelsea boss said: "With all the players, fit of course we can compete for everything but, why is it different for us? We lack luck with 12 players injured. We have 3/4 young guys, two keepers on the bench, am I going to cry? No, I accept and will continue. Bournemouth are a good team."

He added: "One thing I am disappointed is they [the full-backs] try to go forward too much and create confusion to the offensive players and give the opponent chances to get chances."

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The former Tottenham manager went on to say that Thiago Silva was frustrated at his team-mates for losing their discipline, too.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Chelsea spent approximately £400 million ($495.4m) this summer and broke the Premier league transfer record for the second time in eight months after signing Caicedo from Brighton for £115m ($142.4m). The west London side's spending under Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital has now eclipsed the £1b mark ($1.2b) but they are seemingly no closer to finishing high up the Premier League table.


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WHAT NEXT? Chelsea are back in action on Sunday when they host Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.