‘Poch out’ – Top 6 defeats suffered by Chelsea during Pochettino’s tenure


Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino parted company despite the Argentine guiding the Blues to sixth in the league.

Shocking news out of Stamford Bridge has confirmed that Mauricio Pochettino has left his position as coach of the west London side.

Pulse Sport previously reported that Chelsea and Mauricio Pochettino had mutually agreed to part ways, with the Argentine coach ending his tenure after just one season of his original two-year contract.

The decision is somewhat strange, given that just two days earlier, Pochettino had guided Chelsea to sixth place in the Premier League despite enduring an injury-riddled season.

Pochettino joins a long list of Chelsea managers who have been sacked in the recent past, such as Graham Potter, Thomas Tuchel, Frank Lampard and Antonio Conte.

What went wrong for Pochettino at Chelsea?

Despite the significant investments made by Todd Buhli and Behdad Eghbali and the club's ambitious plans, results during the 2023/2024 season have failed to reflect this commitment.

This article reflects on some of the most significant defeats Chelsea have suffered under Mauricio Pochettino and may have influenced the club's decision to part ways with the former Tottenham manager.

6. Arsenal 5 vs Chelsea 0: (April 23)


Arsenal vs Chelsea 5-0: Credit to Imago

Arsenal crushed London rival Chelsea 5-0, taking all three points, as Mikel Arteta and his team struggled to stay at the top of the standings.

Although Arsenal ultimately came up short in the end, finishing two points behind City, this defeat left a bad taste in the mouth of Chelsea supporters and owners.

Goals from Leandro Trossard and two goals each from Ben White and former Blue Kai Havertz condemned Chelsea to their biggest defeat of the season.

5. Chelsea 2 vs Wolverhampton 4: (February 4)

Chelsea vs Wolverhampton

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Chelsea's weaknesses were on display at Stamford Bridge, during the 4-2 defeat to Wolves. Matthews Cunha scored a hat-trick, calling into question the solidity of the Blues' defense under Mauricio Pochettino.

This loss was the second occasion in a week in which Chelsea conceded four goals, after their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool a few days ago. Consecutive heavy defeats increased the pressure on Pochettino, with questions arising about his ability to support Chelsea's defense and return the team to the path of victories.

4. Liverpool 4 vs Chelsea 1: (January 31)

Liverpool vs Chelsea

Liverpool 4 vs Chelsea 1: Getty Images

In one of the most significant setbacks for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino, Chelsea suffered a resounding 4-1 defeat against Liverpool. The match saw Diogo Jota and Connor Bradley score for Liverpool.

Chelsea were attacked by Liverpool, even Darwin Nunez hit the post from a penalty kick and many missed chances. The Liverpool team, led by Jurgen Klopp, continued its dominance, and Dominik Szoboszlai added the third goal.

Although Christopher Nkunku reduced the deficit for Chelsea, any hope of a comeback was dashed by Luis Diaz's goal.

3. Newcastle United 4 vs. Chelsea 1: (November 25)

Newcastle United vs Chelsea

Newcastle United 4 vs Chelsea 1: Chelsea tally

In a tough Premier League match at St James' Park, Chelsea suffered an embarrassing 4-1 defeat against Newcastle United.

Striker Alexander Isak, back from injury, made an immediate impact, firing Newcastle in front. To make matters worse, Chelsea were reduced to ten players and Newcastle took advantage of their numerical superiority, scoring two quick goals in the second half to extend their lead.

A late strike from Anthony Gordon sealed a comprehensive win for the Magpies.

2. Chelsea 0 vs. Brentford 2: (October 28)

Chelsea vs Brentford

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Mauricio Pochettino's side suffered another major setback after losing 2-0 to Brentford. Chelsea started with a promising display when Noni Madueke hit the crossbar.

The Blues' attacking prowess faltered, as striker Nicholas Jackson, who returned to the starting line-up after injury, failed to pose a significant threat to Brentford's defence.

Goals from Ethan Pinnock (58th minute) and Brian Mbeumo (90th + 6th minute) condemned Chelsea to another defeat at Stamford Bridge.

1. West Ham 3 vs Chelsea 1 (August 20)

West Ham vs Chelsea

West Ham 3 vs Chelsea 1: Getty Images

In Chelsea's early days under Mauricio Pochettino, the Blues suffered a 3-1 loss to West Ham at the London Stadium.

The match featured an impressive start from the Hammers, with £30m summer signing James Ward-Prowse making an immediate impact on his debut by providing an assist within the first seven minutes.

Despite playing with a man advantage, the Blues were unable to convert their chances. A goal from Michail Antonio and a late penalty from Lucas Paqueta secured victory for the Hammers.

Now that Pochettino has been sacked, it remains to be seen whether Brighton's Roberto De Zerbe or Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel will return to coach Chelsea.

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