Mauricio Pochettino’s future in the balance after Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United

It’s one step forward and two steps back for Chelsea after they draw 2-2 with bottom-placed Sheffield United, days after their miraculous 4-3 win against Manchester United.

Ollie McBurnie scored in the 93rd minute, securing a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, who had twice squandered leads earlier in the match. Fresh off a dramatic win against Manchester United, couldn’t hold onto their advantage at Bramall Lane.

Thiago Silva, marking his 100th Premier League start, broke the deadlock in the 11th minute with a precise volley from Conor Gallagher’s corner.

Jayden Bogle then levelled the score for Sheffield United in the 32nd minute with a well-placed shot from a difficult angle, courtesy of Gustavo Hamer’s pass.

Chelsea regained the lead in the 66th minute through Noni Madueke, who capitalized on an assist from Cole Palmer. Palmer’s subsequent effort was then tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Ivo Grbic.

Sheffield United’s Anel Ahmedhodzic made a crucial tackle to deny Nicolas Jackson from further extending Chelsea’s lead.

In the end, it was McBurnie who came to Sheffield United’s rescue, firing in from close range in the third minute of stoppage time to salvage a point for his team.

Chelsea boss Pochettino acknowledged that a draw was a ‘fair’ result in his press conference.

He said: “Very frustrating because we conceded in the first half after we scored. Then you concede in the last few minutes, you always feel very disappointed and frustrated.

“I want to say the draw is a fair result. Even if we control and have possession, we didn’t create enough. We didn’t show the capacity to be solid and be strong. That is the painful situation.”

Annoyed by his side’s inability to stop shipping goals, Pochettino suggested they weren’t suited to the physicalilty needed when coming up against sides in the bottom half of the table.

“The team is not showing in the last few months the capacity to be solid,” he added. “We score goals but we are conceding and that is why they punish us.

“For different reasons, we struggle to compete in these types of games. We score, we were better, we were under control but in the situation like this we concede from nowhere. That is about to be more competitive. Yes, it’s about the combination. It’s to idenfity the profile. We are learning how the players need to learn from the coaching staff.”

The blues were once again booed off the pitch by their own fans.

Get Football | Alex Roberts

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