Chelsea need to improve at defending crosses, says Pochettino

LONDON: Chelsea need to nullify their opponents’ aerial threat and avoid conceding from crosses, the Premier League club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino said ahead of a trip to Everton.

Chelsea, 10th in the table, face 17th-placed Everton on Sunday. The Merseyside club’s attack will be led by striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who is a physical presence and strong in the air.

In recent weeks, Pochettino’s side have appeared vulnerable to crosses and have conceded headers in each of their last four league games.

“During the last week we were working on this type of situation,” Pochettino told reporters on Friday.

“I think two things are important to know. We didn’t put pressure on the crosser. Then with the quality of the Premier League that we all have, if the ball is there it is difficult to stop.

“We need to improve. Conceding in this way, maybe I am not showing too much emotion, but I am really upset. We need to work much, much better in these situations.”


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