In the recent match, Chelsea’s captain, Conor Gallagher, received a red card due to two accumulations of yellow cards. This incident occurred towards the end of the first half when he committed a foul against Gilmour.
This unfortunate pattern adds to Chelsea’s woes. In the previous game, when Chelsea faced Newcastle on November 25, the then-captain Reece James also received a red card, accumulating two yellow cards.
Both James and Gallagher, the captain and vice-captain respectively, being sent off in successive matches raises concerns for Chelsea’s discipline on the field. Manager Mauricio Pochettino refrained from making extensive comments, stating that Chelsea is a young team that still needs to adapt to the demands of the Premier League.
“We still have to continue adapting. Again, I say we are a young team, and they have to adapt to the level of the Premier League,” he explained, as quoted from the club’s official website.
While there is a seasoned player like Thiago Silva, who is considered a worthy captain, Pochettino has entrusted the captaincy to the young players. Silva, the third vice-captain for Chelsea, has shown no objection to this decision, emphasizing the team’s need to adapt and improve.