The urgency imposed by a season that is entering its decisive segment leads to Chelsea move quickly to have a coach replace the fired one as soon as possible Graham Potter. The club that has in its ranks Enzo Fernández seems to have solved the dilemma already, being Spanish Luis Enrico is one step away from signing.
According to several Spanish media outlets, the former coach of that country’s national team traveled to London together with his friend and adviser, also a former footballer ivan de la pena, to meet the president of the English club, Todd Boehly, and close its constitution. Just a few hours later, he returned this Wednesday at Spain. When asked about the deal, he laughingly denied having been to the British capital and gave no details about his future.
The urgency of Chelsea’s leadership lies primarily in this Next Wednesday the Blues will face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg of one of the keys to the quarter-finals of Champions Leaguethe only tournament in which the team retains chances in this lean campaign (March 11 in Premier League and fell in the third round in both England cup like in League Cup).
For Luis Enrique, unemployed since he left the team after the Qatar World Cup, the Premier League was already a goal, even if he considered it in the medium term. according to the newspaper BrandDT had signed a power of attorney a few weeks ago for his representatives to find him a job for next season in a club in the main English competition.
But the need for Chelsea, who sacked Graham Potter on Sunday just hours after a 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, appears to be paving the way for the former Barcelona, Celta de Vigo and Roma manager. For now, this Tuesday, in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool, the team has been temporarily led by another Spaniard, Bruno Saltor Grau.
Chelsea’s decision to opt for Luis Enrique would be justified, according to the Spanish agency EFE, in his character of managing a team full of numbers and experienced men. As proof of this, it is enough to recall his ability to lead a Barcelona team that counted in his ranks for success with Lionel Messi, the Brazilian Neymar and the Uruguayan Luis Suárezamong others.
Precisely that would have been the factor that would have tipped the balance in his favor in the fight with the other strong candidate to lead the London team, the German Julian Nagelsmanfrom which less than two weeks ago he was fired Bayern Monaco.
The Teutonic was the favorite of the sporting directors of the Blues, Laurence Stewart and Christopher Vivell, with whom he coincided in his years at RB Leipzig, but the point against him was his age (he’s only 35), what made me doubted his experience to lead an ego-laden locker room. In his last experience at Bayern, in fact, he had disagreements with some of the team’s heavyweights.
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