Mauricio Pochettino isn’t yet the Chelsea manager — nor is he even officially or unofficially announced as the new incoming man in charge — but his impact might already be seen if N’Golo Kanté ultimately signs his contract extension.
According to the Telegraph, the “mutual appreciation” that Kanté and Pochettino enjoy (as proven by Poch wanting to get Kanté at PSG) “could help” get this renewal several months in the making across the line. Let’s hope so: NG has just two months left on his present agreement!
While we need to trim the team from its current unmanageable size, ideally Kanté won’t be part of any cuts, especially as he now seems to be back to being fit. And maybe Pochettino won’t keep fielding him as an offensive midfielder, which Lampard is insisting on for some sort of Sarri-esque reason.
The source adds that Chelsea “hope that progress will be made this week” about the Pochettino discussions, so maybe progress in the Kanté talks won’t be too far behind too.
The 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs culminated with two clubs — Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders — duking it out in cold circumstances with a title on the line. The encounter provided no goals and hardly any chances until late in extra time, when Toronto’s Jozy Altidore leaped to head in a brilliant cross, with only Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei in his way. Before we see what occurred of that header, we’ve gotta look back at the history of these players and these organizations, all hunting their first MLS Cup. Let’s rewind.