Three major concerns arise as Chelsea suffers disastrous defeat against Middlesbrough

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Written By Maya Cantina

Mauricio Pochettino’s first season at Chelsea has been a nightmare, and it hit a new low on Tuesday night as Championship team Middlesbrough took a big step towards the Carabao Cup final. Hayden Hackney’s goal in the first half punished Chelsea’s wastefulness, and Michael Carrick got the better of Pochettino.

Chelsea had been in good form, winning five of their last six games in all competitions, including a 4-0 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup. However, the Carabao Cup is their best chance of winning a trophy this season, and the disappointing 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough has put Pochettino’s hopes in jeopardy.

There are three major concerns from Chelsea’s latest defeat. Firstly, despite their heavy spending under Todd Boehly’s ownership, the team’s decline has been shocking. This was evident once again on Tuesday night, with missed opportunities from players like Cole Palmer and ineffective performances from big-money signings Raheem Sterling and Noni Madueke. Pochettino needs to find a way to get more out of his forwards.

Secondly, Chelsea had two players who cost over £100m in their starting lineup against Middlesbrough, but Carrick’s midfield outperformed them both in terms of fight and quality. This raises questions about Pochettino’s ability to maximize the talent at his disposal and raises concerns about the recruitment structure at the club.

Overall, it was a disappointing night for Chelsea, and Pochettino will need to address these concerns if he wants to salvage their season. The Carabao Cup remains their best chance of silverware, but they will need to improve significantly if they want to reach the final.

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