It’s about choice – Pochettino on why he dropped Chelsea winger

Chelsea boss, Mauricio Pochettino has explained why he left winger, Noni Madueke out of his squad that defeated Brighton 1-0 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.


Madueke suffered from a muscle injury recently, leading to his absence from Chelsea’s last two league games.

The 21-year-old, who was signed from PSV Eindhoven for €35 million in January this year, has struggled to impress at the Blues.


He has scored two goals and registered no assists in 15 games across competitions for Pochettino’s side.

Madueke is yet to find his way into Pochettino’s starting XI on a regular basis.

Asked the reason behind Madueke’s omission from the squad to face Brighton, Pochettino told reporters (h/t @FabrizioRomano on X):

“Madueke injured? No, he was just not selected. It is about choice.”

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