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The new Rafa Benitez? Pochettino is another RISKY appointment by Chelsea
Chelsea have officially announced Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach for the 2023-24 season.
But while Pochettino would appear a good fit for the west London club, with several years of experience at the top of the game, here's why it is another risky appointment by the Chelsea hierarchy:
Why Pochettino is another RISKY appointment for Chelsea
The obvious reason that Pochettino is a huge risk for the west London club is his time at Tottenham.
Not only did the Argentine coach Chelsea's fiercest rivals, but he remains their best manager of the Premier League era.
In fact, Spurs fans have sung 'he's magic, you know, Mauricio Pochettino' many times this past campaign.
There is a good chance that he will not be accepted by the Blues faithful under any circumstances, similar to Rafa Benitez after his time at Liverpool, potentially creating a toxic atmosphere at Stamford Bridge.
Paul Winstanley & Laurence Stewart opening talks with Pochettino means they have no idea on the culture and history of Chelsea Football Club.
More red flags than ever 🚩 #NoToPoch ❌ pic.twitter.com/47FWDgJBtt
— LONDONSFIRST™ (@LondonsFirst_) April 20, 2023
Add to that, Pochettino has developed the reputation of a 'bottlejob' - very much tied to his tenure in charge of Spurs.
His Tottenham side were unplayable at times, but easy to beat on other occasions - usually the biggest ones. They were incredibly poor in the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool in 2019.
At PSG, Pochettino did win Ligue 1, as expected, but crashed out of the Champions League in the round-of-16 stage.
Indeed, he lacks the 'born winner' persona that Chelsea fans crave in their managers.