All is now set for Mauricio Pochettino to begin his reign as new Chelsea manager as he signs his deal with the club.
The former PSG manager will take over the reins from interim manager Frank Lampard this summer.
Frank Lampard signed off as Chelsea interim manager after he took charge of his last game with the club on Sunday against Newcastle United.
Mauricio Pochettino will not resume duties immediately at the club despite penning a new deal.
He is still under contract with his former club PSG despite being sacked by the French club in July 2022.
His Chelsea reign will effectively start on July 1, 2023. Pochettino will be in charge of Chelsea for three seasons. He has signed a three-year contract with the club.
Can Mauricio Pochettino restore Chelsea to their giant Premier League status?
In his farewell speech before his final match as Chelsea interim manager, Frank Lampard joked, “Chelsea will be someone else’s problem.”
Mauricio Pochettino is taking over a Chelsea side that has been savaged to a bristle this season, falling under four different hands in a chaotic and disastrous campaign in the league.
The former Tottenham manager will be facing a daunting task of rebuild at Stamford Bridge next season.
Mauricio Pochettino managerial experience and style of play
Mauricio Pochettino became one of the top-rated managers in football back in 2021 at Tottenham. Despite not landing a silverware, he transformed Tottenham to Premier League title contenders and took the club to 2021 Champions League final.
Before his spell with Tottenham, Pochettino exceled at Espanyol in La Liga and Southampton in the Premier League and was known for his attacking football and high pressing.
Mauricio Pochettino’s team builds possession from the back. He is known for his usual 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 style which favours attacking football and maintenance of possession.
Pochettino’s attack are always driven by quality and confidential full-backs, who he spreads to either side of the goalkeeper while the defensive midfielders drop deep to collect the ball and build press upfront.
Pochettino deploys possessive transitions when on the attack, ensuring a good number of players around the ball even in the opposition’s half.
Chelsea is known for their agressive press and vertical movement of the ball. The Blues current setup and players spread will gel and deviate from Pochettino’s formula at some points.
Some changes are expected as the new manager takes over at the dugout with his usual 4-2-3-1 formation. Some players such as Christopher Nkunku, who will be arriving from RB Leipzig, are more likely to lead Mauricio’s Pochettino attacking midfield role while Enzo Fernandez will fit into the central midfield role.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell are more likely to lead Pochettino’s wing-back roles with Fofana and Badiashile on center-back capacities.
Chelsea will still need a top 9 to serve Pochettino’s lone striker role in his 4-2-3-1 system.
With his experience and record at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is the best fit for the Chelsea job and will possibly return the club back to winning ways next season.