Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Chelsea could be paying a price for not having enough older players in the squad.
Chelsea have spent over £1billion on new additions since the summer of 2022, with the vast majority of them under the age of 25.
The club now has the youngest squad in the Premier League with the average age of the starting XI in the win against Aston Villa last Wednesday just 22.8.
Thiago Silva (39), Raheem Sterling (29), Marcus Bettinelli (31), Ben Chilwell (27), Robert Sanchez (26) and Christopher Nkunku (26) are the only players over 25 in his squad.
Chelsea are currently 11th in the Premier League and when asked if Chelsea had got the balance between young and old players right, he replied: “At the moment not so good, because if it was, maybe we should be in another position. Obvious.
“I am not picking the team because they are young. I don’t want to be the coach that picks the youngest team in England. But it is true.”
But Pochettino made it clear that the main reason Chelsea have struggled for consistency is because so many new players have arrived in a short period of time.
He added: “They are a young team, we have young players. But we have a good balance because we have players like Silva or Sterling, players like that.
“The problem is not that the players are so young. The problem is the squad, the team that is young — 16/17 players arrived new from the beginning of the season. We need to build a team.
“I always talk about the team, it is not about if you have a 19 or 20-year-old. You need to be more consistent like a team.”
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