Chelsea’s head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, has sent a clear message to the club’s young players regarding the importance of discipline and professionalism after winger Noni Madueke was spotted partying while recovering from injury. The incident has prompted Pochettino to address the issue with Madueke and emphasize the need for better standards among the team’s rising stars.
Madueke, currently sidelined due to a muscle injury sustained while on international duty with England Under-21s, was conspicuously absent from Chelsea’s Carabao Cup victory against Brighton. While Pochettino attributed Madueke’s absence due to fitness concerns rather than any form of discipline action taken against him during recovery period. Pochettino noted having seen video footage showing former PSV Eindhoven player Madueke attending parties during this period.
Pochettino’s stern response to the incident is aimed at setting the right tone for Chelsea’s emerging talents. He advised, “All players at Chelsea must understand that as part of our club we should try to avoid these types of situations as much as possible. Although this particular instance was minor, these types of instances must always be avoided as part of playing for Chelsea.”
The Chelsea head coach emphasized the importance of professionalism and respect for the club’s badge, adding, “Many, many players need to be professional and to have respect because of the badge we have here.”
Pochettino expressed optimism regarding Madueke’s future involvement with the team, stating, “he has worked extremely hard since returning from international break and is now focused on reaching levels we expect following his injury. Madueke returned around two weeks ago and is working toward attaining fitness standards acceptable to us as a team.”
While the incident involving Noni Madueke may serve as a learning opportunity for the young Chelsea players, Pochettino’s message is clear: discipline and professionalism must be upheld at all times, ensuring that the reputation and values of the club remain intact. Chelsea’s visit to Fulham on Monday may provide Madueke with a chance to prove his commitment to these principles and earn his place in the squad once again.