Mauricio Pochettino discusses his vision for success as he takes charge at Chelsea FC, outlining his plans to build a winning culture.
Chelsea Football Club has ushered in a new era with the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager.
In his first interview with the club's official website, the Argentine tactician expressed excitement about the project at Chelsea and laid out his vision for the future.
"I know Chelsea very well, it is one of the greatest clubs in the world. So of course, it was easy for us to make the decision to move here," Pochettino declared.
‘We are so happy that today we can start here at Cobham in the training ground and meet the people and the staff. It is exciting for us and what we want is to bring the happiness again to this great football club. We will work hard, play in a way the fans can enjoy football, and the history of Chelsea is to win - but it is important also in the way we are going to build those victories.
The former Spurs and Paris Saint-Germain manager brings a wealth of experience and a strong reputation for developing young talent.
This bodes well for the Blues, who have seen a significant change in their squad profile over the past 12 months.
He further hinted at his approach to managing the young Chelsea side:
"We are excited to work with a very young team, with a different approach than in the past. But I think we all need to understand that we have to work really hard and create a very good atmosphere at the training ground to build success for the team in the next few years."
Mauricio Pochettino seems eager to hit the ground running and deliver success, stressing the importance of creating an environment where players can feel comfortable and important.
His philosophy for managing goes beyond tactics on the pitch, focusing on the holistic development of the squad.
"We are here to try to help the club and the fans. In the end, the most important thing in football is for them to be happy and to feel proud of us and in the way we approach games," Pochettino added.
In terms of expectations for the pre-season and the upcoming tour to the United States, Mauricio Pochettino underscored that the results need to arrive in the Premier League and other competitions they are involved in rather than the pre-season.
It appears that his focus for the tour is to provide the players with the best tools for them to grow, feel better, and start the season in perfect condition.
One significant aspect of Pochettino's management style is his relationship with his coaching staff.
He emphasised the importance of teamwork and leadership in every area, revealing a much more collaborative approach to coaching:
"We need leaders, not followers, in every single area, and we will push every person to bring their best and give their best for the club."
Reflecting on his evolution as a coach, Pochettino candidly admitted, "I am much, much, much better!" He stressed the importance of learning from experience and constantly evolving to stay ahead of the curve.
As Pochettino takes the reins at Chelsea, he seems to be bringing a blend of innovation and respect for traditional football values.
His emphasis on the role of emotion in the beautiful game signals that we can look forward to a passionate, driven Chelsea side in the upcoming season.
"The players also have to send the message and emotion. The team sends to the fans, the fans to the team, and the staff to the players," Pochettino said, encapsulating his vision for the future of Chelsea.
With Mauricio Pochettino at the helm, Chelsea fans can expect a new era of growth, innovation, and, hopefully, plenty of success.
Watch the full interview below:
'It’s a culture of winning here. We want to bring the happiness again to this great football club.' 🙌— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 3, 2023
Part one of our exclusive interview with Mauricio Pochettino! pic.twitter.com/rmWnGn3ARY