Pochettino makes tough choices as Chelsea prepares for EFL Cup clash


Mauricio Pochettino is facing some tough choices as Chelsea gets ready for a crucial Carabao Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough. The team is dealing with injuries, and Pochettino has to plan the best lineup without key players.

Pochettino is aware that this match is very crucial. If Chelsea doesn’t make it to the Carabao Cup final, it could make things even worse for him with the fans. Some key players like Christopher Nkunku, Romeo Lavia, Reece James, Marc Cucurella, Robert Sanchez, and Malo Gusto are not available. So, Pochettino needs a good plan.

Home Advantage: Pochettino sticking with Petrovic in goal

Playing at home could really help Chelsea. They’ve been doing well at Stamford Bridge recently. Pochettino is sticking with Djordje Petrovic in goal since Robert Sanchez is still out.

Finding someone to play at right-back is a bit tricky. Axel Disasi might take that spot, and with Malo Gusto not playing, Levi Colwill could be in the center-back position next to Thiago Silva. Ben Chilwell is back and can play at left-back, helping out both in defense and attack.

In midfield, Pochettino might choose a more attacking lineup. Conor Gallagher might get a break, and Enzo Fernandez could play with Moises Caicedo. In front, we could see Noni Madueke, Cole Palmer, and Raheem Sterling creating chances and trying to score goals.

Armando Broja is likely to be the main man in the attack. Chelsea is behind by one goal from the first leg, and Broja will try to help turn things around. Even though Pochettino is dealing with injuries, he has to make smart decisions to make sure Chelsea does well in this crucial Carabao Cup match against Middlesbrough. The choices he makes will really matter for Chelsea’s chances in the competition.

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