Mauricio Pochettino has agreed to become the new head coach of Chelsea at the end of the season, and football. London examines how the Argentine compares to the Premier League’s most skilled managers.
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to arrive in London this week to sign the deal that would see him become Chelsea’s next permanent head coach, according to Football. London.
On Sunday evening, it was reported that the Argentine had finally secured an agreement with Chelsea to take control of the club at the end of the season. After weeks of back-and-forth, with Pochettino representing himself, a settlement has been reached, but a contract has yet to be signed.
That will be completed this week, a source told Football. London on Monday morning, with the 51-year-old due to fly into London to complete the deal. Since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer, the former Tottenham manager has been unemployed. He’s received offers, but he’s been waiting for the ideal job to come along, and he believes Chelsea is it.
With Pochettino at the helm, the 2023/24 season is expected to be incredibly exciting and intriguing for Chelsea fans. The Argentine will get another chance to face some of the Premier League’s top managers, almost four years after leaving Tottenham.
Pochettino’s track record versus Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not encouraging. Pochettino and Klopp have met 22 times in all competitions, with Pochettino winning four, drawing five, and losing 13. However, one of Tottenham’s most infamous victories occurred while Pochettino was in charge against Guardiola. Spurs and City drew 4-4 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-final, but the north Londoners advanced on away goals after scoring three at the Etihad Stadium.
His track record against Jurgen Klopp is considerably worse. The Argentine and the German have met 11 times in all competitions, with the current Liverpool manager winning six, drawing four, and Pochettino winning just one. However, when the two meet for Chelsea against Liverpool, things will be very different.
The soon-to-be Chelsea manager has a strong record against Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe, however, all of their matches have occurred when he was in charge of Bournemouth. Pochettino has won six of their eight meetings in all competitions, drawing one and losing one.
The pair have met Erik ten Hag twice, both times in the legendary 2018/19 Champions League semi-final. Ten Hag’s Ajax side triumphed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and Spurs then mounted a fantastic comeback to get to the competition’s final on away goals.
Pochettino, on the other hand, has never beaten Mikel Arteta. The Spaniard was named as Arsenal’s manager immediately after Pochettino was fired as Tottenham’s manager. When the two ultimately meet next season, it’s going to be an exciting tactical clash.