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EPL: Ashley Cole blames Pochettino over decision during Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to West Ham

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Former Chelsea left-back, Ashley Cole believes manager, Mauricio Pochettino got a key substitution wrong during his side’s Premier League 3-1 defeat against West Ham United on Sunday.

Chelsea midfielder, Carney Chukwuemeka scored his first senior goal to make it 1-1 in the first half for Pochettino’s side after Nayef Aguerd opened the scoring for West Ham.

Pochettino substituted Chukwuemeka at half-time and replaced him with Ukrainian, Mykhailo Mudryk.

But Cole was not pleased with Pochettino’s decision.

“Maybe the substitution [Carney off, Mykhailo on] caused an issue.

“They [Chelsea] lost a bit of impetus in the game. They were not getting the runs in behind between right-back and centre-back. It was all then too easy for West Ham,” Cole told Sky Sports.

He added, “Pochettino will have understood the context behind the change but I felt they lost a bit of ability to drive beyond and cause West Ham a problem.”

The result against West Ham means Chelsea now have one point from two matches.

EPL: Ashley Cole blames Pochettino over decision during Chelsea’s 3-1 loss to West Ham

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