Mauricio Pochettino’s difficult start to life with Chelsea Premier League continues after 0-0 draw at home Bournemouth on Sunday. Les Bleus could not find a way past the Cherries despite dominating in terms of shots and possession. Pochettino has not had it easy since he returned to the Premier League this season and Chelsea remain outside the top half with just one win in five games played. A total of three points would have placed the Argentine and his players in the top 10, but they are already falling further and further off the pace in terms of the fight for the UEFA Champions League. As if last season wasn’t bad enough for Todd Boehly, this season isn’t turning out much better so far despite a lot of preseason optimism.
We take a look at some of the emerging figures that illustrate the struggles Pochettino and Chelsea are going through at the moment despite another summer of big transfer manoeuvres.
1: Chelsea players who have multiple goals
So far, only one player in the Chelsea squad has scored more than one goal so far this season. Raheem Sterling. The England international has just seen a streak of 14 consecutive victories over Bournemouth come to an end. Aside from Sterling, only one player has been involved in multiple goals throughout the entire campaign and that is Malo Gusto with two assists.
2: The visitor wins in the Premier League in a long, long time
Chelsea have only won two away games in the Premier League since Graham Potter’s first pair of away wins last season. The English strategist led the ‘bleus’ to victory crystal Palace and Aston Villa But since then Chelsea have only achieved two more away victories in 16 games played in England’s top flight, nine of them defeats.
3: Multiplier of how many more goals Brighton has
Brighton and Hove Albion are currently in the Premier League Champions League places, which is where Chelsea want to be and the Seagulls have scored three times as many goals. Roberto De Zerbi’s men have found the back of the net 15 times against Pochettino and his players a total of five, which averages out to a goal per game for now.
5: points of the games
Quite a popular number in Chelsea’s stats so far this season and not really in a positive way given that the Blues have only scored five times so far in five games played. However, it is also the number of points they have claimed that puts them at a rate of one goal scored and conceded per game for every point won, which is not good enough for a team of this quality. The last time Chelsea earned these few points after five Premier League games was in 1995-96, when they finished 11th.
7: Points off the pace of the Champions League
Chelsea are already seven points off the pace of the Champions League with Arsenal having won four of their five matches so far and drawn the other to place fourth in the final standings. It already looks pretty far off for Pochettino’s men who will face Aston Villa and the Gunners in their next four EPL matches, as well as Brighton in the EFL Cup.
10: Points from the top of the Premier League
The difference between perfect leaders city of manchester and Chelsea already have 10 points and, although no one expected the Blues to challenge for the title, it shows how far off the pace they are. Pochettino’s men and his home form should theoretically benefit from the absence of continental action, but that is not being the case so far, with City already amassing three times as many points.
14: Away games in PL without winning
What worries Pochettino personally more than Chelsea is that he has now gone 14 away games in the Premier League without a win, which obviously goes back to his Tottenham Hotspur days too. It’s still early days, but the Blues have not enjoyed the immediate impact that the South American was expected to make so far and Fulham as well as Burnley They will have to become victories to prevent further profit from this unflattering account.
195: Minutes since the last goal in PL
Arguably the most damning statistic of all is that Chelsea have now not scored a goal in almost 200 minutes of Premier League play, dating back to the 3-0 win over luton city almost a month ago. Nicolas Jackson’s 75th-minute goal was the last Premier League goal scored by Pochettino’s team with goalless exits against both. Nottingham Forest and now Bournemouth since then. Villa’s next home game will not inspire confidence, given that Unai Emery’s men have won three of their five games so far.