Mauricio Pochettino Confronts Major Decision at Chelsea Amid Ongoing Rumors of Points Deduction
Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino faces the challenge of maintaining his team’s focus amid ongoing discussions off the pitch regarding potential point deductions. This situation emerges following Everton’s recent deduction in the Premier League, sparking speculation about further penalties elsewhere.
Everton underwent scrutiny by an independent commission earlier this year for a possible breach of Profit and Sustainability regulations. The verdict arrived in mid-November, resulting in a ten-point deduction for the Merseyside club, pending an appeal.
The severity of Everton’s penalty has raised queries about the potential for similar actions elsewhere. Manchester City, for instance, faces allegations of 115 breaches, a revelation that stunned the football world.
City has refuted these accusations and anticipates a lengthy process before a conclusive resolution is reached. Recent reports have sparked discussions regarding potential point deductions for Chelsea, stemming from claims that former owner Roman Abramovich made off-the-books payments to previous staff members.
That could, in theory, circumvent financial rules and be taken further, however the reality is that the club are yet to be charged. It means that not only an investigation from the Premier League would have to take place, there would then be the lengthy legal process that followed.
Currently, the issue doesn’t directly impact the current squad, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with the significant decision of shielding the team from distractions. Their primary objective remains securing a spot in the Champions League this season and sustaining their ongoing project.
The team, comprising young talents, has begun to establish cohesion, showcasing commendable performances against top clubs like Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester City. Amidst this progress, the last thing they need is the looming uncertainty of potential deductions during the upcoming festive fixtures.
Given the current circumstances where control over the situation is limited, Pochettino’s role is to ensure the team’s focus on the immediate present, starting with their upcoming match against Newcastle.