Mykhailo Mudryk’s confidence is being boosted by Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino by simulating crossbar challenges against him often
Since joining the Blues for a transfer deal that might potentially reach £89m from Shakhtar Donetsk, Mudryk has made 22 appearances without scoring. Although he and his Chelsea colleagues continue to struggle to score goals, the 22-year-old has started to put in some promising displays in recent weeks.
In a news conference before their Carabao Cup third-round match against Brighton & Hove Albion, Pochettino discussed his unconventional strategy for boosting Mudryk’s spirits.
“With Mudryk, I like to play sometimes to [hit] the crossbar from outside the box,” the Argentinean player added. ‘I don’t want to play with you anymore since you always win,’ he stated to me. I responded “yes” because I have the conviction and, at 50, I am well-versed in the relationship between conviction and quality. You need to know yourself because you’re still young.
“We started drawing today [Tuesday] since I always won. You now begin to have confidence in your abilities and qualities. If not, balancing conviction with quality is challenging. Pochettino continued, “The issue is that we can’t purchase faith at the grocery store. It’s past due. You know how our minds operate; it involves gradually setting up circumstances in which we may demonstrate our trust, confidence, and believe.
“Player psychology is one area you focus on, and it may make a difference in giving players the confidence to touch the ball and score. It’s a minor illustration. Only two of Chelsea’s seven games have ended in victories so far this season, both coming in round two of the Carabao Cup at home against AFC Wimbledon and a 3-0 success over Luton Town in the Premier League.
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