Big concern for Nkunku


By: Manu Tournoux

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino calls for patience for Christopher Nkunku returning from injury.

Arriving at Chelsea last summer from Leipzig for an amount estimated at 60 million euros, Christopher Nkunku could finally make his debut with the Blues this Tuesday, in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup (English League Cup) against Newcastle.

The French striker, who suffered a knee injury in a friendly this summer, has now recovered and returned to training with the group. His coach Mauricio Pochettino estimates that he is ready to play around 20 minutes. However, the Argentinian technician wanted to temper the expectations of the supporters. He recalled that the former Parisian was not yet at 100% of his abilities and that he still needed time to adapt to his new club.

” We have to be careful “

“What worries me is that we put too much pressure on him by saying: That’s it, he’s arrived, he’s the one who will allow us to win all the matches and change everything. »I don’t think that will happen, confided the former Paris Saint-Germain coach at a press conference. He needs time to regain his feelings. »

“I would be happy if he started, maybe tomorrow, scored three goals and stayed consistent. But the most important thing is not to put too much pressure on him, because he has to find himself, find the competition again and then adapt to a team that has been playing without him for four-five months, said the 51-year-old manager. We have to be careful, he still hasn’t made his Premier League debut. We know how difficult the Premier League is for every player who arrives from abroad. »

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