Chelsea Football Club has finally unveiled its new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, nearly two months after Graham Potter’s departure. The Argentine coach, renowned for his Premier League experience with Southampton and Tottenham, is set to take charge at Stamford Bridge.
Pochettino’s most recent managerial role was at French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain, where he clinched the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France. Now, he faces the challenge of leading Chelsea after their disappointing season, which saw them finish a dismal 12th in the Premier League.
As Pochettino assumes his role, significant changes are expected in the Chelsea squad. A number of players are likely to depart during the summer transfer window, allowing the new manager to shape his team according to his tactical preferences.
Known for his favoritism towards a 4-2-3-1 formation, Pochettino could implement a similar setup at Stamford Bridge. The goalkeeping position presents a dilemma, with both Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy facing uncertain futures. It is rumored that Pochettino is eyeing a new goalkeeper as one of his three key signings for the summer, and recent reports have linked Inter Milan’s Andre Onana with a potential move to Chelsea.
In defense, a mix of experience and youth is expected, with Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana potentially forming a formidable center-back partnership. Although rumors of Silva’s departure were dismissed by his wife Belle, the emergence of Benoit Badiashile could provide a suitable replacement if the Brazilian were to leave.
Reece James is likely to retain his place at right-back, despite occasional injury concerns. However, competition will arise from Malo Gusto, who will return from his loan spell at Lyon and complete his move to Chelsea in the summer.
In midfield, the impressive addition of Enzo Fernandez, acquired for £106.8 million from Benfica, has brought stability to the team. With another midfield signing on the cards, Sporting Lisbon’s Manuel Ugarte has been linked to the club, and he could complement Fernandez or provide a deeper midfield role.
The attacking trio ahead of the midfield is expected to feature Kai Havertz in the number 10 position. With Mason Mount’s potential departure, Havertz could embrace the playmaker role, utilizing his versatility. Mykhailo Mudryk, who has struggled so far at Chelsea, could find a fresh start under Pochettino, given the manager’s track record of developing young talent. Meanwhile, Raheem Sterling, joint-top scorer alongside Havertz, may also secure a place in the starting lineup, either on the left or right flank. However, Christopher Nkunku, set to join from RB Leipzig, could challenge Sterling for a spot with his impressive performances.
In the quest for a new striker, Chelsea has identified Victor Osimhen, a Serie A title winner with Napoli. However, acquiring the Nigerian forward may come at a high price, as his current club has reportedly set an asking price of £125 million.
As Pochettino embarks on his journey as Chelsea’s new manager, fans eagerly await the unveiling of the revamped squad and hope for a successful campaign under his guidance.