Chelsea edged a seven-goal thriller against Brighton in Philadelphia and Mauricio Pochettino sent a direct message to club owner Todd Bohely in the immediate aftermath. The Blues put out a relatively young side with the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka (19), Malo Gusto (20), Levi Colwill (20), Ian Maatsen (21) and new boy Andrey Santos (19) all in the starting XI.
Pochettino was impressed with how his young guns performed against a nearly full-strength Brighton. But he has called for Bohely to bring in some experienced reinforcements before the season gets underway in three weeks.
“Yes we have many young but we need some experienced players also,” he said. “We are working really hard to add some players that can help this year also but help today and try to get what we want.”
On the young players he gave a chance in the US, Pochettino added: “In my side, and for my side I think I would love to have these places for them to help them, if we see the potential to arrive as a senior player for Chelsea.”
Chelsea let some of their most senior players, such as Cesar Azpilicueta, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante, leave during their much-needed mass summer exodus. That leaves them short of experience in the spine of the team.
The Blues have been linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe in recent days with the Frenchman keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain. But Pochettino is excited by his alternative forwards Nicolas Jackson and Christopher Nkunku, who joined from Villarreal and RB Leipzig respectively this summer.
Pochettino is expected to play with a front three but the Argentine suggested he may spring a surprise and partner the duo together.
“For sure we will arrive in the next few games at the possibility to play them together,” he said. “It is that the circumstance of the physical condition mean we need to use both to share the minutes.
“For Jackson and [Mykhailo] Mudryk, it’s important to score. Nkunku also. Attacking players need to score to get their confidence and trust themselves. It is important to score goals and then we try to improve.
“Today, we maybe had more capacity to stay calm and create more chances and score more goals. These areas we have to work, we’re going to focus our work. It takes time to believe and trust in the process to arrive in the best condition.”