Pochettino explains why he dropped Nkunku to the bench against Luton Town

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Mauricio Pochettino has stated that there will be more rotation in his starting XI, as Chelsea look to move up the Premier League table.

The Argentine made four changes to the team that beat Crystal Palace 2-1 on Wednesday night, with Christopher Nkunku dropping to the bench against Luton Town.

Benoit Badiashile also missed out on the trip to Kenilworth road due to a minor injury, while Ian Maatsen and Mykhailo Mudryk were also dropped from the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Cole Palmer, who missed the home win against Palace after picking up a suspension was recalled to the starting XI on Saturday afternoon, along with Noni Madueke and Armando Broja.

Asked to explain the reason for reshuffling his squad, Pochetino told TNT Sport ahead of kick-off: “I think it’s to manage the form of the player.

“Thiago [Silva] is an experienced player that can help always but in this type of game more.

“In a busy period we need to give possibilities to all the players because we need to add fresh players to the team.

“We’re always thinking in the present, trying to win the game, I think this combination will make us good to compete.

“I think the circumstances we have all the players need to feel they can help, either in the starting XI or coming from the bench.

“For sure, we are ready, you are going to see in the next few games, many, many changes.”

In the end, Pochettino’s changes did work to some extent, because Madueke and Palmer turned out to be Chelsea’s match winners against Luton, with the duo scoring all three goals at Kenilworth road.