Pochettino explained he still expects even more from his player.
Chelsea manager speaks out after the eventful draw at Stamford Bridge against Arsenal. He told Mykhailo Mudryk he “needs to improve” despite his goal-scoring display against Arsenal.
The Ukraine international helped Chelsea to make it 2-0 and put them ahead in the game. His cross flew over David Raya, adding a second after Cole Palmer’s penalty strike.
The 22-year-old was then the first player substituted by Pochettino in the 66th minute and the Argentine explained he still expects even more from his player.
Pochettino said, “No, I think he is playing good but also he needs to improve still. For me he is not at his best.
“I think we needed to change and to put a bit more of pressure on with Nicolas Jackson up front. After that situation we created a few chances and I think the game was closer to 3-0 than 2-1.”
Declan Rice gave a chance to Arsenal by scoring the goal in the second half. Pochettino refused to blame his goalkeeper for the result.
“We are so happy with him,” he added. “Of course he is disappointed and upset with his decision but mistakes happen in football.
“This goal gave the belief to Arsenal. We can maybe read better the situation, the tempo, the timing. We can take risks on 77 minutes because it’s our philosophy, but maybe there is another decision you can take.
“It’s not to blame someone. It can happen. It will arrive with time, when to be calm and when to take risks, and we are still a really young team getting to know each other.”
- Mykhailo Mudryk salary at Chelsea? See Chelsea wages!
- Mauricio Pochettino admits the reason behind giving leadership to Reece James
- Cole Palmer emerges as Chelsea’s potential game changer against Arsenal