Following Monday’s elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations by Ivory Coast in a penalty shootout, Jackson is in route back to west London.
While Pochettino acknowledges that playing without Jackson has given him more freedom to experiment with the squad, he would welcome Jackson’s return to the starting lineup at any moment.
With three consecutive victories in the Premier League, the Blues will take their winning streak into Wednesday night’s showdown against league leaders Liverpool.
We are seeing [whether it is possible],” Pochettino replied when asked if Jackson could start the match at Anfield.
“Perhaps it will come to pass. Attempting it will undoubtedly be done if it increases our chances of winning the game by one percent.
We only have to wait. I can only speculate that he might show up. The other day, Ghana were eliminated from the Copa del Rey after losing; however, Inaki Williams arrived just hours before the game and played in the second half, helping Ghana win Barcelona. I don’t see why Jackson can’t just show up and put the game away.
Because of the unique challenges we face in his absence, we have had the opportunity to think outside of the box and put in extra effort to strike a healthy work-life balance for the team during the past six or seven months.
Every game, we switch up our lineup. We always have 12 available players and 10 or 12 out. Finding the sweet spot and competing at one’s best was never easy.
“Since we’re covering so many different topics and facets of the game, it’s hard to maintain consistency when you can’t just talk about one team and move on to the next.”However, Nico’s aggressiveness up front is something we’re missing; he runs a lot, puts in a huge amount of effort, and assists the team in pressing high, recovering, and scoring goals—all of which he does on his own.
Right now, he has a solid track record. Of course, the other side is upset since they lost, but right now we’re thrilled because we can get him back. We miss him a lot.
“But in my own little selfish way, I’m glad because tomorrow he might be able to join us.”