Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea can take positives from Arsenal draw

Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea can take positives from Arsenal draw

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino took positives from the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, while also admitting that his players must make better decisions.

Chelsea had been comfortably the better side against last season's Premier League runners-up when goalkeeper Robert Sanchez gave the ball to Declan Rice with a careless pass in the 77th minute, allowing the Arsenal midfielder to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Substitute Leandro Trossard netted with six minutes to play to snatch the visitors a point, robbing Pochettino's side of a third straight league win.

Earlier Cole Palmer, from the penalty spot, and Mykhailo Mudryk had handed Chelsea a commanding lead for which they were good value entering the closing stages.

Their recent good run has come despite still having a number of players out injured, including captain Reece James who was fit only for a late cameo at Stamford Bridge, and fellow England full-back Ben Chilwell.

Afterwards, the manager challenged his team to uphold the standards they had shown in stymying Arsenal's threat for much of the game if they are to continue their recent uptick in form.

"We need to take the positives from 77 minutes," said Pochettino. "If not, you need to ask (every) other coach how they concede two goals. That is football.

"We were facing a team that last season were close to winning the league, then they invested to make stronger their squad.

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"We're at the beginning of our project, that's why we need to take positive things because I think we played really well. After 77 minutes we were better and didn't concede too many chances. That is credit to the team.

"You need to remember, when you see Arsenal's squad, if you see 25 available players you still pick the same team that Arteta picked today. But for us, too many circumstances where we don't have the possibility to have all the squad available. That's another thing you need to put in your analysis.

"One criticism of us was maybe at 2-0 on 77 minutes to take better decisions in these situations, to not concede in the way that we conceded. That gave confidence and belief to the opponents to say 'come on, go, it's possible'."

Chelsea started with Enzo Fernandez and Moises Caicedo in midfield with the pair having turned out for their respective national teams, Argentina and Ecuador, in South America on Tuesday night, the equivalent of Wednesday morning British Summer Time.

Pochettino added: "Caicedo and Enzo arrived after two games in South America. They were not fresh, but they're important players for us. We have a week to work and they're going to be better and the team is going to improve.

"It's really tough to arrive with jet lag, but I think in a week to recover and train they will be at their best."

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