Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that “pressure” is inevitable when the team is on a poor run.
The Blues are currently in 10th place, four points behind ninth-place West Ham.
Pochettino is nearing the midway point of his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.
The former PSG boss knows the team will need to improve their results or face another season in the midtable.
“They know exactly what we expect from them,” Pochettino said in a news conference on Friday.
“We talk about young players; they need to be in a place where they feel comfortable, where they feel confident. We cannot forget that we are at a club like Chelsea. The pressure is massive. We need to win, and when you don’t win, you feel the pressure.
“We know what we need to do. We know what we are doing, but it is only a matter of time—that can take a year, that can take six months—but for sure we are giving something that is going to pay off.”