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Pochettino: Chelsea forwards ‘complement each other’

Mauricio Pochettino has been pleased with the pre-season performances of summer arrivals Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson and believes the Chelsea forwards ‘complement each other really well’.

Nkunku and Jackson have been in impressive form during Chelsea’s pre-season preparations in the United States, scoring five goals combined in four friendly fixtures.


The duo have combined in encouraging fashion during their first appearances for the Blues, who struggled for goals during a disappointing Premier League campaign last season.

Pochettino has praised the new arrivals at Chelsea and has suggested the west Londoners could look to sign another forward before the transfer window’s closure.

“Today I think we are happy with the performance and they can complement each other really well. Yes, of course, maybe we can add some different profile or different player who can help us, of course we are open,” Pochettino told the club’s official website.

“I am so happy with both and we have younger like Mason today and Broja in the UK recovering from his procedure. We need to analyse now in the next weeks until the transfer window closes. We will take the best decision for the team.

“We are working hard to try to create this dynamic that will become natural and to share time together. I think the two help to know each other. It is good that they feel well, that they feel already part of the team and the group and they share a lot of time together.

“It is important because you need to start the Premier League in a good condition knowing each other and try to fight for each other to create a real time that is prepared to go and face opponents like Liverpool, Man City and different teams like this.”

Chelsea were crowned as winners of the inaugural Premier League Summer Series in the USA, having taken seven points from fixtures with Brighton, Newcastle and Fulham.

Pochettino’s side face Borussia Dortmund in their final fixture before the new season, which will begin against Liverpool on August 13. The Argentine has been happy with preparations for the new campaign and has praised the work-ethic of his squad.

“Always it is good to win, I am so pleased again with the performance and the work of the players from the start,” Pochettino said.

“It is a busy time but I think we are doing a good job, the players and the staff. It has been a busy four games in a very short period of time and now we play in Chicago against Dortmund and we need to continue.

“We keep going and prepare the team to arrive in the best condition for the Premier League.”

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