Pochettino’s perfect back 5 has problems

May 11, 2023

The Daily Mirror are reporting on Mauricio Pochettino’s arrival at Chelsea, claiming to already know the players he wants to build the team around.

There are interesting details about the coaching staff the former Spurs man will pick, but it’s the details of those chosen to be his cornerstone starters that fans will engage with most. Up first is N’Golo Kante, whom he is determined to use protecting the defence. He will push for a new contract for the midfielder.

Benoit Badiashile and Levi Colwill are also apparently highly rated – well, why wouldn’t they be?

Reece James and Ben Chilwell will have the team built around them – and when they’re on form, that makes sense too.

That 5 will form the base of the team – the problem is that 3 of them have missed the best part of 2 consecutive seasons out injured, and the other two have about 5 senior Chelsea starts between them.

We all love the idea of that back 5 – the problem is that we’ve yet to see it on the pitch.