As Chelsea navigates a challenging Premier League season, club legend John Terry shares his insights on manager Mauricio Pochettino. Acknowledging the considerable gap between Chelsea and top contenders like Manchester City and Liverpool, Terry gives a realistic outlook on the club's position and the long journey for the remainder of the campaign.
Assessing Chelsea's Current Standing
The ex-Chelsea defender provides a candid evaluation of the Stamford Bridge-based outfit's performance in the Premier League, addressing the team's struggles and the difference in quality that exists between them and the English top-flight's top contenders.
While receiving an award during the Global Soccer Awards in Dubai, the 43-year-old backed the Blues manager and said:
"Unfortunately, Chelsea are a little bit off it at the moment. But given time - the manager needs time - Poch is a great manager. I've seen him work on a daily basis."
Mauricio Pochettino: A 'Great Manager' in Need of Time
Terry issues an unwavering support for Mauricio Pochettino, labeling him as a "great manager" who requires time to shape the team. According to him, Pochettino is the perfect manager to guide Chelsea ahead amidst the challenges he faces in steering the Blues back to the summit.
A Pragmatic Outlook: Long Road Ahead for Chelsea
Terry gave a realistic assessment of Chelsea's young squad and the significant distance they must cover to match the prowess of Manchester City and Liverpool.
"We are a young squad of players as well, but we are a long way off the likes of Man City and Liverpool at the moment. I think we're seeing cycles. I think when I look back 10, 15 years ago, Man United were dominating the Premier League."- continued the Chelsea icon
"Chelsea come along, we dominated for a little bit. Now Pep and Man City are dominating."
Chelsea are currently ninth with 31 points and have had an underwhelming 2023-24 season, failing to replicate past form and glory. But, as of now, the Argentine manager’s position remains intact and he has the backing of the club hierarchy.