Mauricio Pochettino: Chelsea have been the “greatest team in England,” according to the new manager.
Since 2004, the Blues have won 21 titles, including five Premier Leagues and two Champions Leagues.
Last season, though, they fired two managers and ended 12th.
“Chelsea has been the greatest team in England for the last 10, 12, 15 years,” former Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur manager Pochettino remarked.
“I am very familiar with the Premier League and the culture of Chelsea.” I believe our fans are eager to get back on the winning track.”
The 51-year-old Argentine won three titles during his tenure as manager of Paris St-Germain, including the Ligue 1 title in 2021-22.
He did not win anything during his previous six-year stint in England, but he did reach the 2019 Champions League final with Tottenham Hotspur.
“We are excited to work with a very young team, with a different approach than we have in the past,” he stated.
“But I think we all need to understand that in order to build success for the team in the coming years, we have to work really hard and create a very good atmosphere at the training ground.”
“It is a pleasure and an honor for me to be involved with Chelsea Football Club.” We are really excited, and I am very familiar with Chelsea, which is one of the biggest clubs in the world. So, of course, the decision to relocate here was simple.”
In his first season, new owner Todd Boehly fired Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter, and the club spent roughly £288 million in January, which was more than the combined sum of all clubs in the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.
Pochettino has taken over a squad that has seen more turnover this summer, with Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, and N’Golo Kante all joining teams in Saudi Arabia, England midfielder Mason Mount joining Manchester United, Ruben Loftus-Cheek joining AC Milan, and Mateo Kovacic joining champions Manchester City.
France striker Christopher Nkunku has joined from RB Leipzig for £52 million, while Senegal forward Nicolas Jackson has signed an eight-year deal with Villarreal.
Pochettino, on the other hand, stated that a “very clear project” is now in place, which will take time, but Chelsea must remain “at the top.”
“From the start, the owners and sporting directors were very clear about the project, and we were very excited to join them in this project,” he added.
“We’re here to help both the club and the fans.” Finally, the most important thing in football is that they are satisfied and proud of us and the way we approach games. The players must be aware of this.
“Of course, there are always ups and downs in football history, but Chelsea is a club where these ups and downs are impossible.”
“We need to make certain that we bring what the club requires to be at the top because the club’s history is to be at the top.”