Pochettino worried Chelsea star may underperform against Middlesbrough for one reason

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Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Moises Caicedo is worried about the unrest in his home country, Ecuador.

The president of the South American country recently declared a nationwide state of emergency due to lingering unrest.

Caicedo’s family are in Ecuador at the moment, and Pochettino says the 22-year-old has been worried for their safety.

“He is okay now, he is better now, he feels better,” the Chelsea boss said at a press conference.

“He says the situation there is not normal but it is improving, and now it is more relaxed. It is true that a few weeks ago he was really worried.

“The situation is not easy in South America; it is not only in Ecuador. Normally, the club cares for him, and for everyone.

“If you have problems, the club is there to try to help us in different ways. It has happened. It is a good thing for the club to help the player because we need him in his best condition to compete.

“You know very well that this could affect the player’s performance.”