Chelsea vs Brighton: five questions Mauricio Pochettino must answer to get Blues back to winning ways

Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FCMauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC
Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Chelsea FC | Getty Images
Chelsea have won only one league game at home this season. They must find ways to connect with the fans and that comes with only winning more games.

Chelsea have won just once at home in the league all season. Every top Chelsea team in the past has always made Stamford Bridge a fortress and this is the challenge that Mauricio Pochettino has to work out.

Get the fans behind the team

The owner must take their fair criticism but home defeats against Nottingham Forest and Brentford are on the manager and they must seize this opportunity that Brighton presents and give fans something to cheer on and back the team.

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No Chelsea manager can succeed without the backing of the fans and it's about time Pochettino's side began their journey to taking back Stamford Bridge and making it their own.

Reece James is sent off. Credit: GettyReece James is sent off. Credit: Getty
Reece James is sent off. Credit: Getty | Getty Images

Improve discipline

Chelsea have accumulated 44 yellow cards in 13 Premier League games this season. Manager Mauricio Pochettino has picked up three yellow yards himself and his assistant Jesus Perez has been sent off once.

They have two red cards and ironically both have been picked up by their full-backs Malo Gusto and Reece James. Striker Nicolas Jackson has the most yellow cards in the Premier League with seven to his name.

Chelsea will be missing three of their natural full-backs due to injury and suspension and Pochettino will now have to ensure his players avoid silly bookings and stay on the field with so many games to go through this month.

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Get the best out of Enzo Fernandez

There is no doubting Enzo Fernandez's quality even though he's not been able to truly dominate games so far. All great Chelsea teams have goals coming in from midfield and getting the likes of Fernandez and possibly Conor Gallagher chipping in with their fair share of goals will go a long way in helping them to a much-needed victory.

Fernandez is still waiting for his first Chelsea goal in the Premier League and even though there is the point that he's more of a creator than a finisher himself, just the two assists in 30 league appearances isn't enough for a player with the enormous talent he's got. Gallagher has gone 20 Chelsea games without a goal since he last scored at Bournemouth.

Chelsea's set-piece defending

Chelsea have conceded headed goals against West Ham, Brentford, Manchester City and Newcastle United.

The Blues have now conceded four goals in each of their last two games. They have conceded a total of 20 goals and sit 10th in the Premier League for goals conceded, the same position they sit in the table.

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The Blues have bought some of Europe's most promising defenders and it will be interesting to see if Benoît Badiashile is now fully fit if he takes the position of Axel Disasi who started the season playing alongside Thiago Silva. Whoever it is that he picks, the Chelsea manager must take a second look at the zonal marking they deploy.

Get the clean sheet

Chelsea haven't kept a clean sheet in their last six games. The confidence that keeping a clean sheet gives can not be underestimated.

The confidence every top defence needs comes from being able to ensure their goalline is protected and with Brighton playing in Europe, a win and a clean sheet must be top on the agenda going into the game on Sunday.

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