Mauricio Pochettino’s ‘roadmap’ for two Chelsea stars is thought to have impressed the Blues bosses as the former Tottenham manager becomes hot favourite to take over at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino was below both Julian Nagelsmann and Luis Enrique in the running to become the next permanent Chelsea manager, but with that duo now out of contention, the Argentinian is now odds-on to be in charge at the start of next season.
The Guardian claimed on Sunday that ‘the move towards Pochettino has been welcomed in the Chelsea dressing-room, with players said to be positive and excited about his possible appointment’.
The England players in the squad are aware of glowing reports from Tottenham stars about the Argentinian and ‘there is acknowledgement in the squad for his coaching skills, together with his reputation for being a good man-manager and motivator’.
The report continues: ‘Pochettino is also viewed as a coach with the sort of profile and experience, having also been in charge at Paris Saint-Germain, befitting of Chelsea by some of the more experienced and successful members of the club’s squad.’
And now journalist Rob Pratley (@RJPJournalism) has shed more light on the reasons for Chelsea’s postive impression of the former Spurs boss.
It’s claimed Pochettino’s ‘roadmap’ for Mykhaylo Mudryk and Levi Colwill has ‘impressed’ the decision-makers at Stamford Bridge.
Mudryk has endured a tough start to life in England following his big-money move from Shakthar Donetsk in January, while Colwill has shined on loan at Brighton and will return to west London in the summer.
Pratley tweeted: ‘I understand 2 of the main points Pochettino has impressed the club on is his roadmap for Levi Colwill and Mykhailo Mudryk. The former is viewed as an integral core of the defence, whilst Pochettino has expressed his belief the latter can become an extremely effective goalscorer.
He continued: ‘Pochettino views Mudryk as being similar to both Son and Lucas Moura and believes getting him higher up the pitch, moving the ball to him faster and encouraging him to keep driving at players will help unlock his potential.’
Poch’s thoughts on fitness, pre-season and the state of the current squad were also discussed in meetings with the Chelsea board.
He added: ‘Furthermore, Pochettino’s conversations have focused around fitness concerns, in particular a need for a settled squad in pre-season and a manageable schedule. He has made it clear he is willing to work with current assets whilst also not being afraid to cut players out.’