Pochettino happily highlights the growth of troublemakers Madueke and Jackson

Chelsea thrashed West Ham United on Sunday, defeating them 5-0 at their own Stamford Bridge. Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke showed their best sides in the derby victory: for Mauricio Pochettino, a proof that the two have learned from their mistakes.

SoccerDino, Website Writer
Published: 11:13, 6 May 2024

Three weeks ago, Chelsea delivered a stunning 6-0 demolition of Everton, a match that ended up spotlighting the internal discord more than the team's performance on the pitch.

The core issue was a heated argument between Nicolas Jackson and Noni Madueke over who should take a penalty kick. Ultimately, Cole Palmer intervened, taking and converting the penalty himself. The incident led to Mauricio Pochettino expressing his displeasure publicly, criticizing the "childish antics" displayed by Jackson and Madueke, which overshadowed their team's victory.

Despite this episode, Pochettino chose to keep faith in both forwards, a decision that proved fruitful in Chelsea's subsequent match against West Ham United. On Sunday, both Jackson and Madueke shone brightly; Jackson scored twice and Madueke once. Madueke also set up Jackson for one of his goals, a significant gesture given their recent on-field conflict during the Everton game. This collaborative success seemed to represent a turning point, showing signs of maturity and reconciliation between the two.

Reflecting on their performance, Pochettino remarked, "I think Noni and Jackson are showing that we are learning, that we are smart." He acknowledged the severe criticism the team faced following the penalty debacle against Everton, but emphasized the importance of learning from mistakes, particularly in a young squad. "It's a process that takes time," he said, viewing the resolution and teamwork in the West Ham match as a "nice first step."

This development comes at a crucial time for Chelsea, which now finds itself in seventh place in the Premier League standings. The team's recent performances have allowed them to overtake Manchester United, though United still has a game in hand and will be playing Crystal Palace on Monday evening. Pochettino's management and the evolving maturity of his younger players will be critical as Chelsea aims to finish the season strong and possibly secure a higher position in the league standings. This recent victory and the apparent resolution of team discord have potentially set the stage for more consistent and united performances in the future.

Updated: 11:13, 6 May 2024