Chelsea confirmed this Monday at the Argentine Maurice Pochettino as the new manager for the next two seasons, with the option of one more. There he will meet his compatriot Enzo Fernándezthe player who will try to make the axis of the resurrection of the downed Bluesthat next season they will only challenge England’s domestic competitions.
Pochettino, who directed in southampton AND Tottenham Hotspur In the Premier Leaguewill happen to Frank Lampardinterim technical director until the end of the season, Graham Potterthe last manager on a permanent basis, sacked in March for poor results.
the Argentine, who has not worked since leaving Paris Saint Germain in 2022meet a Chelsea undergoing rebuildingwithout the possibility of playing in the European competition next season, after a season in white, and with more than 600 million spent in the last two transfer markets.
One of the great uncertainties regarding the set of Stamford Bridge They will be what reinforcements he will be able to make this summer, to remain within the limits of the financial fair playafter the outlay of 330 million in the last winter transfer market, with the arrival of Enzo Fernández, and that of the 300 million last summer.
Pochettino already has extensive experience in the Premier League, where he managed a virtually newly promoted Southampton to eighth place and the Europa League.
After a year and a half with the SaintsPochettino went to Tottenham and took the spurs to the fight for the Premier League title, with a second place, and to the unforgettable 2018-2019 season, in which Tottenham played their first Champions League final, lost against Liverpool 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano.
The Argentinian left Tottenham months after that final, after a poor start to the season, and was signed by PSG in January 2021, replacing Thomas Tuchel. However, after a year and a half with the Parisians and a Ligue 1 title, a French Cup and a Champions League semi-final in 2021, lost against Manchester City, Pochettino left PSG and took a long break until today .
After being linked with a possible return to Tottenham, who have no permanent manager following Antonio Conte’s sacking, Pochettino returns to London, but to the west of the city, where he will be looking to restore glory to a Chelsea adrift ever since. it’s the new owner, the billionaire Todd Boehleyreplacement for Roman Abramovich, decided to fire Tuchel earlier this season.
The farewell of the German, architect of the club’s second Champions League in 2021, was not resolved with the signing of Potter, who was dismissed from Brighton & Hove Albion after paying the release clause of 21 million pounds (24 million euros ). a multi-year contract.
The bad position in the Premier League, with the Champions still far away, plus the eliminations in the two national cups, both at the hands of Manchester City, triggered his dismissal and the hiring of Frank Lampard until the end of the season, who Far from correcting course, the English went on a six-game losing streak in their first six matches and finished with the team in twelfth place in the table.
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