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Pochettino at Chelsea: What can FPL managers expect?

Mauricio Pochettino was announced as Chelsea’s new head coach last month and will start his role on 1 July.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss, who has been out of work since leaving Paris Saint-Germain last year, has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third.

His staff will include Jesus Perez, Miguel d’Agostino, Toni Jimenez and Sebastiano Pochettino.

The Blues’ co-s­porting directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, said:

“Mauricio’s experience, standards of excellence, leadership qualities and character will serve Chelsea Football Club well as we move forward. He is a winning coach, who has worked at the highest levels, in multiple leagues and languages. His ethos, tactical approach and commitment to development all made him the exceptional candidate.” – Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors

Chelsea endured a hugely difficult 2022/23 season, finishing 12th in the table, but can Pochettino turn their fortunes around and put the likes of Reece James back on our Fantasy Premier League (FPL) Watchlists?

We’ll attempt to find out in this Scout Report.

THE HISTORY

Pochettino at Chelsea: What can FPL managers expect? 1

Pochettino rose to prominence as a manager at Espanyol and Southampton.

In his first full Premier League season he led Saints to their joint-highest finish of eighth, before a hugely successful spell with Spurs, where he finished in the top four in each of his four full campaigns in charge as well as leading them to a first Champions League final in 2019.

Although silverware eluded him, the job Pochettino did at Spurs made him one of the game’s most highly-rated managers.

POCHETTINO’S PREMIER LEAGUE RECORD

ClubPlayedWonDrawnLost
Southampton54191817
Spurs2021134346

A move to Paris Saint-Germain followed in 2021, but Champions League glory was beyond him.

He did win the Coupe de France before claiming the Ligue 1 title a year later, but arguably struggled to get the best out of – and manage – the personalities in the dressing room.

POCHETTINO’S PSG RECORD (ALL COMPS)

Played84
Won55
Drawn15
Lost14
Goals scored per game2.21
Goals conceded per game0.93
Clean sheets30

MANAGEMENT STYLE

“I have this spirit – like Che Guevara. I am a fighter.” – Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino is a deep thinker whose mantra when he first arrived in England was “open your mind”.

Playing for the Argentine means having to work hard, with lots of physically challenging sessions pushing players to their limits. Notably, fitness is an area Frank Lampard said the Chelsea squad lacked after last season’s Gameweek 31 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion.

“A yard short, a tackle short, a fighting duel moment short and when that’s not right you’re not going to win games. You have to have the capacity to do that as well as the desire and at the minute we’re falling short on that and need to turn it around quickly.” – Frank Lampard

Pochettino is a coach renowned for his sides’ high-energy style, with bravery and fighting-spirit non-negotiable aspects of his philosophy, so this will be a priority area for him to address.

Meanwhile, former player Danny Rose, who had his career transformed under Pochettino, discussed playing for the Argentine while at Spurs.

“He’s very thorough, very precise, he’s a disciplinarian. He records training. He was the first manager I came across who records training, records gym sessions. There’re no hiding places.

“There was one game, we played Crystal Palace, and I thought I had a good game. He called me into his office the next day to analyse the game. I thought there were going to be some good clips. He had 26 bad clips of what I did wrong. That’s how he is as a manager.” – Danny Rose

However, most importantly for FPL managers, he is a coach who will try and bring goals and excitement.

“The responsibilities and the obligations which come with management are fine, but we can never, ever, forget to enjoy ourselves, to enjoy football. Anyone who doesn’t have enjoyment in their working life will diminish what they can achieve.” - Mauricio Pochettino

PLAYING STYLE

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  1. Deulofail
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Spurs should buy Havertz. He is perfect for Dele role and it would hurt Arsenal fans sooo soo much to save £40-70m by missing out on him.

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Sorry Knight's Template

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        It's happened again!

        1. TheBiffas
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          You're slacking, sir

        2. Tomerick
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          One more time and you lose the knighthood.

  2. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    With this odd looking new website are others getting banner across top inviting to sign up for free when you are already a member!

    1. Piggs Boson
      • 12 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah, but they said it would get wacky for a while.

      I hope this means they're exploring a dark theme. It's easier on the eyes, and saves a lot of power on devices.

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        You should get a great helm, darkness everywhere!

        1. Piggs Boson
          • 12 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          I can't fit in a great helm. Maybe I should get something like this: https://tinyurl.com/52bh9tx7

          1. The Knights Template
            • 10 Years
            10 months, 3 days ago

            Bring back the Dark Ages!

      2. TheBiffas
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Dark mode would be great

    2. Botman and Robben
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      You could always sign up twice.

    3. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      No, but it would be nice to have a couple more tubular ribbons across the top so I can have an even more authentic feeling of watching a tiny horizontal video of a portrait tiktok video on Instagram on my horizontal laptop screen. It's the future we should all be calling for https://prnt.sc/XA2TrlwvzIrw

  3. CroatianHammer
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Kramarić playing well of course. It was only at Leicester that he forgot how to play.
    Modrić remains the epitome of footballing scum. Diving, fouling, grand larceny. Should be in jail.

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      You dont like Modric?

      1. CroatianHammer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        He and Lovren were complicit in the theft of millions. This is hardly news, or maybe it is if you only get yours from the red tops.

    2. Ron_Swanson
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Weird comment

  4. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone watching Nederlands - Kroatia?

    1. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I mean Croatia

  5. TheBiffas
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    What do arsenal see in Havertz? They need an out and out goalscorer, he isn't one

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      And while we're at it, why would they get Rice or Caicedo? They aren't prolific goalscorers either!

      1. TheBiffas
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        That's a nonsense comment and you know it

        1. Deulofail
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Reply fail to OP?

          1. TheBiffas
            • 3 Years
            10 months, 3 days ago

            Very witty - but you're yet to convince me that Havertz is a good fit at Arsenal

            1. Deulofail
              • 8 Years
              10 months, 3 days ago

              I don't think he is. I was wrestling with your second sentence. Presumably Arsenal don't see him as an out-and-out goalscorer, just like us, just like Rice. I kinda agree about the witty thing, though.

    2. Pino
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Only 24 years old, can improve. Can play multiple positions as a winger, AM and false 9. They still have Jesus and Martinelli that can play a CF.

    3. Pariße
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Doesn’t matter. An accumulation of many FPL proven and relatively young talents is a solid strategy for success. If he adds 8 goals to that team, it’s already an improvement.

  6. Deulofail
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    As far as I can tell, the Fixture Difficulty tool isn't included in Premium membership next season.

    Also, another "It's been years, but still..." situation that you can be a member for free, yet you still refer to premium membership regularly as simply "membership" and premium members as "members". Confusing

  7. Dr Funk
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Lets be honest, this site is a mess.

    There is no connection between people's comments and the articles against which they are attached too.

    If you post something on an article and then a new one comes out then the previous discussion just stops dead.

    It's so badly thought out and yet so easy to fix.

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Agree with everything except easy to fix. But it's definitely something that doesn't take 13 years or whatever. The incentive to change just isn't there for them though

    2. Indpush
      • 6 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Can you help them fix it?

  8. Norco
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    I'm sure they don't see a need to change, the site has so much traffic during the season, why would they attempt to hinder that. In saying that I agree with your point about the lack of discussion on articles however we all play this game and users that come here are looking for confirmation, suggestions and assistance. I highly doubt the majority of people even read the articles at length.

    1. Deulofail
      • 8 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Maybe they would read them if it was easier to find the content they were interested in and the discussion was related to the articles. I feel sorry for writers. Much like you suggest, I would only read Neale's articles, for example, if it happens to be the latest article when I visit the site. And only if I notice it's his article and I'm interested in the content. But that's the design choice they're going with. As you say, the incentive to change generally isn't there.

      That said, I do think the site likely brings people in via search engines because people ARE initially interested in the content. But then I imagine it stops at that first page as it's too annoying to try and explore this green jungle of word, tab and module salad and on-site jargon and labels and omg shoot me now

      1. The Knights Template
        • 10 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I read the article and as a result I missed out on first post!

        1. Deulofail
          • 8 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          I was trying to write the article first then compare

    2. Dr Funk
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      It's "agile development". "Good enough". "Fail fast". Concepts that lower the bar for what is acceptable and treat the end user with contempt. An abomination that should be consigned to the dustbin.

      Or not. Wotevs.

      1. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Nothing wrong with agile development. I don't see it here though

        1. Dr Funk
          • 11 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Spoken like a developer

          😉

          1. Deulofail
            • 8 Years
            10 months, 3 days ago

            Just QA/UX full of complaints

      2. Sure You Did
        • 1 Year
        10 months, 3 days ago

        That is not what agile development is.

    3. FPL Virgin
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I read every article without fail. Why wouldn't you if you wanted to do well in FPL?

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Take this one for example. I've watched half a dozen YouTube videos analysing the topic in far greater detail before this FFS article came out. It contains nothing I've already learned and considered. I really only studiously read the deep-dive analyses (which won't appear until the season is well underway).

  9. Pino
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Impressive game by Croatia. Modric was bossing the mid.

  10. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Read the article up to the bit where it cuts off for free members - so from an FPL perspective "What can FPL managers expect?"

    Rotation / fraudulent comments / favoured formations / etc?

    1. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      In all likelihood my GW1 squad will have no Chelsea and will adopt a wait and see approach.

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Absolutely. I'll likely have Nkunku and Chilwell on my watchlist, but it'll very much be 'wait-n-see'.

  11. Deulofail
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Profile button in top-right doesn't work for me on Chrome, desktop (nothing happens when you click on it). Ctrl F5, doesn't solve. Maybe an element overlaying it.

    1. RedLightning
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      On desktop, replies to comments disappear if you move the button left, but are shown if you keep it on the right.

      1. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Which is how it should be? Because it says "show replies" and toggling "on" means moving the button to the right (to show replies).

        1. Tomerick
          • 9 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          The toggle button on this and the notify of replies is very poor from a UX point of view though. It should change colour to indicate if it is on or off.

  12. im1974
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Anyone seen the, apparent, fixtures for Gw1 circulating?

    Got sent a very convincing looking snapshot/mock up of the embargoed release.

    Bournemouth v West Ham
    Burnley v City
    Palace v Chelsea
    Everton v Brentford
    Fulham v Arsenal
    Luton v Liverpool
    Utd v Brighton
    Sheffield United v Villa
    Spurs v Newcastle
    Wolves v Forest

    If they’re true what an opening weekend. As I’m not on Twatter I’ve no idea if this happens/could happen/has happened already

    1. RedLightning
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • Has Moderation Rights
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      We think that it's probably an AI image.
      It can't be correct, because Luton have to play their first three matches away from home till their ground's ready.

      1. im1974
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 3 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Utd v Brighton 2 years running didn’t ring true - it’s not fa cup 3rd round draw from 20 odd years ago when Utd always drew Villa - but boredom set in so I thought I’d share.

        Forget FPL (or maybe not) but they would be great opening weekend of fixtures

      2. Now I'm Panicking
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I believe the Luton situation is speculation - I don't think it has been confirmed.

    2. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Reddit have a different 'leaked' list of fixtures. Let's just wait for the official site.

    3. Now I'm Panicking
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      These leaks come out every year and they have never been correct. Maybe this will be the first?

    4. Grande Tubarão
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 2 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Utd supporting mate of mine is going to be fuming if this is accurate. He’s convinced Utd always get the toughest PL fixtures while Liverpool get the easiest ones. Not just in the opening week but over the course of the season.

      1. Deulofail
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        😆

  13. Deulofail
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    This serious Chelsea fan wants to be compensated for 5 years of Havertz at Arsenal performing at KDB and Salah levels even though Chelsea don't have 5 years of Havertz contracted and Havertz isn't KDB or Salah and is, in fact, a turd, right now. The entitlement! 😮
    https://www.youtube.com/live/f8tNxNgNgnQ?feature=share&t=1381

    1. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I see what you mean.

  14. FPL Virgin
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Less than 8 and a half hours to go!!!!

    1. The Knights Template
      • 10 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      I think you’ll find it’s six.

      1. Eze Really?
        • 9 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I think he will find it a let down.

    2. Philosopher's Stones
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Calm down virgin

    3. Arn De Gothia
      • 13 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      So maybe +30 min till RMT:s

    4. Eze Really?
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Does it really matter if it is another 2 weeks?

  15. mad_beer ✅
    • 9 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    I can play with that slider at the bottom of the page all day long. It's fun and I get to avoid work.

  16. Arteta
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Arsenal vs Nottingham Forest on Saturday (12:30).

    1. Drumandbaines123
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Great. Another season of massive Arsenal ownership and trying to get lucky choosing the right attacker(s). Was really hoping they'd have a difficult start.

      1. Arteta
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Double up on them and spare yourself the hassle.

  17. dunas_dog
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Chelsea v Liverpool on Sunday (4.30pm)

  18. Arteta
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    If Havertz does sign, then I'm really looking forward to him becoming a monster under Arteta's guidance. The right coach, better teammates, and environment will do wonders for his career.

    1. Mr. O'Connell
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Will improve as a player for sure. Can't help but feel he just doesn't have that killer instinct, though. So he should fit right in at Arsenal.

      1. Arteta
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Well, my ideal signing would be Mbappe. He has everything, as well as killer instinct, but we don't have €200m to afford him.

        1. TheBiffas
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          Or the pull

    2. Sure You Did
      • 1 Year
      10 months, 3 days ago

      He is bang average. Why do Arsenal fans love average players.

  19. Sheffield Wednesday
    • 3 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Won't all fixtures initially be given as Saturday at 3pm?

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Yeah, the TV schedules won't be worked out 'til later. We won't know which game is the Friday evening one.

      1. Skonto Rigga
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • Has Moderation Rights
        • 6 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Last year we got the TV dates for GW1 at the time of the 9am release, can't remember if there was anything beyond that.

        1. Sheffield Wednesday
          • 3 Years
          10 months, 3 days ago

          OK thanks

  20. Arteta
    • 8 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Apparently these are the leaked GW1 fixtures:

    Manchester City - Burnley
    Arsenal - Nottingham Forest
    AFC Bournemouth - West Ham United
    Brighton & Hove Albion - Luton Town
    Everton - Fulham
    Sheffield United - Crystal Palace
    Newcastle United - Aston Villa
    Brentford - Tottenham Hotspur
    Chelsea - Liverpool
    Manchester United - Wolverhampton Wanderers

    1. Sheffield Wednesday
      • 3 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Both Manchester sides at home?

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        I can wait another half hour. It's not like an FPL deadline - we got over a month to do nothing with the info.

      2. Arteta
        • 8 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        Oops, my bad. It's Burnley vs Manchester City.

    2. bitm2007
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Stock up on City, United and Arsenal assets, hold off on Pool.

    1. Andy_Social
      • 11 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      We don't captain Haaland in the early kick off, is that right?

      1. Andy_Social
        • 11 Years
        10 months, 3 days ago

        It's put paid to any thoughts on loading up on Chelsea in our first squad, I think.

  21. Andy_Social
    • 11 Years
    10 months, 3 days ago

    Damn, this has dropped in the same moment as the report of Boris' lies. Tough call.

    1. Eze Really?
      • 9 Years
      10 months, 3 days ago

      Boris does not lie. He has been mislead by his advisors (smile)