Mauricio Pochettino blames Chelsea owner Todd Boehly

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted signing too many young players is a ‘problem’ for the Blues.

Since buying the club in 2022, Todd Boehly has pushed a philosophy of signing only talented young players for Chelsea.

Pochettino believes Chelsea could be higher in the table if the Blues did not have such a young squad.

Chelsea fielded a team with an average age of 22.8 in Wednesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay win at Aston Villa. 

“I am not picking the team because they are young,” said Pochettino. “I don’t want to be the coach that picks the youngest team in England.

“We are a young team, but we have a good balance. We have players like Thiago Silva, 39, Raheem Sterling, [Christopher] Nkunku, 26, or [Axel] Disasi.

“The problem is not that the players are so young. The problem is that the team is young. With 16 or 17 players that have arrived new from the beginning of the season, you need to build a team.”

Asked whether Chelsea’s balance of youth and experience is optimal, Pochettino admitted: “At the moment, maybe it’s not so good. If not, we could be in another position. It’s obvious.”