‘Best position’: Mauricio Pochettino confirms £45m star will return vs Brighton in desperate attempt to win

  Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea points to Enzo Fernández of Chelsea during the Premier League match . (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)  Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea points to Enzo Fernández of Chelsea during the Premier League match . (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea points to Enzo Fernández of Chelsea during the Premier League match . (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Only four sides have registered more attempts on goal than Chelsea so Mauricio Pochettino will hope he finds luck against Brighton in the League Cup.

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed Ben Chilwell will return to the team when they take on Brighton and Hove Albion in the League Cup on Wednesday night.

The former Leicester defender has started from the bench in the last two games- but could return to play at left back when they play Brighton for a place in the next round of the League Cup.

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Pochettino told reporters ahead of the game from Chelsea’s training base in Surrey: “I am so happy with Levi and the way he is playing. He is showing character and is providing the team with a very good balance.

“I think Chilly is going to have the possibility to play, I think tomorrow he is going to play. I think always, the expectation and what we expect from the player, we were using him maybe not in his best position because he was a winger.

“That is why after we start to play with a winger like Mischa, when he recovered, our thought was to keep Levi in the position.”

Chelsea have only scored five league goals this season and three of them have come against newly promoted Luton Town. There is the need to score goals and improve performance across the team and the former PSG manager admits his only headache at the moment is how to get the team to put the ball at the back of the net.

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He added: “Yes. I know that we are in Chelsea and that we need to talk about many things but I think it is an easy analysis. We are playing well, we have too many good things, very positive things, it’s only that we are not clinical in front of the goal.

“That is what we need to fix and try to give more confidence to our offensive players. That is the responsibility of everyone. I think in all of the data, we are positive, it is only this. The problem is the most important thing is to score goals.”

The defeat to Aston Villa over the weekend means the Blues have now endured their worst start to a top-flight campaign since 1978.

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