Pochettino explains his starting eleven against Bournemouth, and why Caicedo didn’t start the game

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Summer signing Moises Caicedo was conspicuously absent, as Chelsea visited Bournemouth away at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino confirmed before the game that Caicedo was not in the squad, having picked up a knock while on international duty with Ecuador.

The injury wasn’t deemed a serious one, but the star summer signing had to sit out the Bournemouth game.

“Caicedo arrived back from international duty with a knock in his knee,” said Pochettino of the Ecuadorian.

“We need to assess him in the next few days but he wasn’t available for today, that’s why he not here with the team.”

Mykhailo Mudryk also started ahead of Ben Chilwell on the left.

Speaking about that, Pochettino said: “I think we want to play with Mudryk in the position we normally use to play Chilwell.

“We want to play with a more offensive player, and of course keeping the same back four with Malo Gusto, Thiago Silva, Axel [Disasi] and Levi [Colwill].”

Lesley Ugochukwu got his first start for the club in midfield, as he came in for Caicedo.

“It’s a great opportunity for the guys who didn’t start in the first months to show the quality and that they are ready to compete in the premier league,” said the Blues boss.

“We need to win and show that we are Chelsea and we are ready to compete.”

At the end, Chelsea could only muster a draw.