Chelsea still have significant work to do before they face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge this Sunday afternoon. Mykhailo Mudryk, the 22-year-old winger, has called on his Chelsea teammates to maintain their efforts following their victory over Tottenham Hotspur. He made a brief appearance against the Lilywhites on Monday night after being sidelined for the Brentford match the previous weekend due to a muscle injury.
Prior to the September international break, Mudryk mainly found himself on the bench and often came on as a substitute when Chelsea needed to break down deep-lying defenses. To this day, he has completed a full 90 minutes in the Premier League just once, starting 11 times and coming off the bench in 13 games. While he is still adjusting to the Premier League, he has shown flashes of brilliance and is determined to keep working hard. After the win against Tottenham, Mudryk celebrated the occasion on his Instagram story with the message: “Good win tonight, keep going 🙏💙.”
Mauricio Pochettino will undoubtedly put his players through rigorous training this week in preparation for another challenging fixture. Chelsea is set to host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, and Mudryk hopes his performance against Spurs earned him a spot in the starting lineup.
Pochettino, despite being pleased with the victory against his former club, cautioned his players about starting games poorly: “We are still far away from what we want, we are building something there, but we need time. To come up against the league leaders and concede a goal because we started the game really badly, very sloppy, and we cannot connect. We were very nervous. They deserve all the credit, the players, of course, and the team. I think we were calm after because we started to create chances and force them to make a mistake, and then we got the goal, and after that, we had control.
“We did concede some chances that we should not have, and we need to improve in that regard. But it’s about building our confidence, being more relaxed in the way we play, and making better decisions. With time, we’ll improve, and we have the capacity and quality. Thank you for the question.”