Chelsea fans fear they might have ‘broken’ Maurico Pochettino after the manager revealed his secret ingredient for a healthy club – lemons.
And it’s got nothing to do with eating them – they just sit in a bowl on his desk – but it’s a belief the coach has held long before his arrival in east London.
Pochettino has only been in charge of the Blues for three months, and it’s fair to say it has not gone to plan.
Tasked with improving their 12th place Premier League finish last season, it doesn’t appear things have improved all that much on the pitch despite another big-spending summer.
Chelsea have just one win from their opening five games of the new campaign and currently sit 14th.
Although, in fairness to Pochettino, he has been hit a major injury crisis with up to 11 players on the sidelines, including several of the club’s marquee signings.
Pochettino is keeping focused on the positives, though, and revealed in a recent interview the role lemons play in his process.
The Argentine believes in the mystical power of citrus fruit to absorb bad energy, and always keeps a bowl of them on his desk to help create good vibes.
Asked when Chelsea will start to feel the benefits, he explained it took two years for it to work at Tottenham.
History tells us he won’t be afforded the same time Stamford Bridge. Maybe he needs a bigger bowl.
“They started to work after two years at Tottenham,” Pochettino said ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Aston Villa. “Give time to the lemons. It is a thing that we all believe.
“I believe in the lemons but at Tottenham they started to work after one and a half, two years. They need a long time, they are not magic, but more than ever I still believe in them.
“Today in my office I have yellow ones, green ones, different types. From Spain, from Italy. I don’t want to lie, there is a big box of lemons.
“I always thought the yellow lemons worked much better than the green but now I believe in any colour – any colour can help. If I could get a blue lemon it would be even better.”
Pochettino has previously told talkSPORT about how he changes the bowl every ten days when they become ‘ugly’.
“They are there to get rid of bad energy,” he told former talkSPORT Breakfast host Laura Woods. “Some people arrive with bad energy and that goes into the lemons. It’s like a barrier, a sponge. They take away all the negativity and you can see – it’s unbelievable.
“I change the lemons maybe every ten days. But sometimes every three or four days because the lemons become bad, ugly.”
And supporters have been left baffled by the coach’s ‘waffle’.
“We have broken him already,” wrote a Chelsea fan on X.
Another said: “What is he on about? The stress is getting to him.”
“What is this waffle,” added another, while one supporter joked: “He’s got lots of lemons on the pitch, alright.”
“You will be sacked soon,” quipped a rival fan on social media, as a Liverpool supporter wrote: “You don’t get two years at Chelsea.”
Best get more on order, Mauricio – a lot more.
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