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Mudryk has already exposed huge Postecoglou flaw as Chelsea plot Tottenham upset

Mauricio Pochettino now has the game plan to beat Tottenham Hotspur, something no other Premier League team has accomplished this season thanks to Mykhailo Mudryk.

A significant weakness in Ange Postecoglou’s strategy has already been made public by Mykhailo Mudryk ahead of Chelsea’s match against Tottenham on Monday night. The 22-year-old winger missed last weekend’s matchday squad against Brentford due to a muscle injury, but he has since returned to first team training.

Mudryk had been deprived of starting lineup opportunities prior to the international break in September. He survived on cameo appearances in games where the Blues frequently found themselves in need of a goal against low-block opponents. He has only ever played 90 minutes in the English Premier League once, starting 11 games and substituting for 12 others.

Ben Chilwell was preferred on the left wing because Pochettino was previously keen to cram Thiago Silva, Axel Disasi, and Levi Colwill into his backline. The 26-year-old left back was the starting left back in all four of the west Londoners’ Premier League games this season, but the Chelsea manager finally gave Mudryk an opportunity to show off after the player sustained a hamstring injury.

Despite his difficulty finding the net, the Ukraine international has been a constant source of inspiration for the Blues, as evidenced by his performances, which get better every game. On Monday night against Tottenham, Mudryk will be looking to get back into Chelsea’s starting lineup. He has already demonstrated to Pochettino how to get past Postecoglou’s defense.

In the Champions League group stages a little more than a year ago, on September 14, 2022, Mudryk tied the score for Shakhtar Donetsk against Celtic, who were then led by the current Spurs manager. Within thirty minutes, the Chelsea player managed to get past the Scottish team’s defense and scored a beautiful goal with his left foot that found the upper right-hand corner.

About a month later, in the rematch at Celtic Park, Mudryk scored another outstanding goal against Postecoglou. In the second half, Shakhtar put the Bhoys on the defensive. The Ukrainian drove into the opposing half, slid in off the left wing, and unleashed a powerful strike into the upper right corner.

Having already exposed two Postecoglou teams in his career, Mudryk, a Chelsea player, will be looking to get even more room behind the preferred right-back of Australia on Monday night. Pochettino was questioned about his plans to increase his team’s goal scoring record prior to the London derby.

The 51-year-old said, “You can work every day and spend a lot of time.” “You can work, but self-assurance and emotions are key to improving. It can take some time for players to regain their trust.

Not because you put in more practice. You must possess the proper mindset, self-control, positive emotions, and the motivation to act. You can practice and practice and it won’t change, but if your mindset is in the correct place beforehand, you can demonstrate.

“At the moment we are fighting with this between recovering the trust in our offensive players,” said Pochettino. “Getting a good balance is the most important thing. You can tell we’re getting better and moving forward; this is a normal part of the project and the process when young players join a team like Chelsea and demand is high right away.

“The competitors and the demand don’t wait for you. You must include every detail, be a young man from a different league, and put pressure on yourself. For this reason, when it comes to the procedure, I don’t worry because we know what we’re doing, we’ll execute, and our efforts will yield positive outcomes.”