Pochettino admitted the team’s injury problems will need to be addressed.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino doesn’t trust his squad to handle the European campaign this season if they were in European qualification. He feels injury would have hurt them in this process.

The Blues boss is struggling with injury issues as Chelsea will miss 11 players for the Premier League game against Everton. Enzo Fernandez and Raheem Sterling are the latest doubts for the clash at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are playing their first season without European competition since 2016/17, and only their second since 1996/97, following a 12th-place finish in the Premier League last season.

They are fighting hard and due to their unbeaten run of seven games, they are in contention for Europa League or Conference League.

Pochettino admitted the team’s injury problems will need to be addressed if they are to take on more games next season.

“Imagine if we had played in Europe this season, with all the circumstances (injuries)? Oh my goodness,” said the 52-year-old.

“With a squad that is always between eight and 10 players missing in every single game. If you add more games, we would struggle a lot.

“Now it’s about experience, to have all the information to try to help the club to take the best decisions to avoid things like happened this season.

“That is out principal focus, to try to define a squad that can be fit, or have more than 80 per cent availability.”

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