Mauricio Pochettino is impressing Chelsea fans with his coaching during pre-season training, as he works with one new signing.
It’s a bit of a baptism of fire for Pochettino right now, having landed at Chelsea with a whole lot to do to turn things around from last season.
The new Blues boss has only six midfielders in his squad during the club’s pre-season tour to America, which isn’t exactly a good sign.
Pochettino’s new side did kick off their pre-season friendlies with a win over Wrexham, although even then they had to bring a substituted player back on due to an injury.
More encouraging signs, however, come from a clip of training in which the former PSG manager can be seen giving some hands-on tips to a young player.
After the boss tells the player what to do on his runs we can soon see the instant results of what he wants the player to do, in the clip below.
Loved this from Pochettino during open training. 👏
He explains to Diego Moreira how he wants his wingers to move in the situation they’re practicing. 🗣️
Moreira takes the feedback on board and a few minutes later, we can see the full picture of what Poch was trying to do. pic.twitter.com/SmjF5TkGJv
— London Is Blue Podcast ⭐️⭐️ (@LondonBluePod) July 21, 2023
The manager is likely to have a very young squad to work with, and one of the players involved is 18-year-old winger Diego Moreira.
Diego Moreira is a new signing this summer, having joined from Benfica when his contract in Portugal expired, after playing just twice for the Portuguese giants.
As a pretty raw talent, he may need some looking after from the manager, and fans are impressed with the hands-on work Pochettino is doing with the youngster.
“Loved this from Pochettino during open training,” said one fan, “He explains to Diego Moreira how he wants his wingers to move in the situation they’re practicing. Moreira takes the feedback on board and a few minutes later, we can see the full picture of what Poch was trying to do.”
“We are actually getting coaching, tears in my eyes,” added a second.
Worried about getting his heart broken all over again, a third supporter replied: “I am going to fall in love with this guy like I did Tuchel and that scares me.”
“This is so refreshing to see after last season,” exclaimed another on what came before Poch.
“Moreira did the exact same thing in the match which led to a goal,” claimed a fifth.
And another noted: “No nonsense about passion. Just pure coaching. Give the players a plan and then motivate them to deliver on that plan.”
It’s not just Moreira who has caught the eyes of fans this summer; supporters are also impressed by youngster Angelo Gabriel in the win over Wrexham.
Angelo, from Brazil, is another 18-year-old talent who recently joined the club from Santos, having previously become the youngest player in top-flight football in Brazilian history.
It’ll be fascinating to see how these young players develop under Pochettino’s guidance this season and in the future.