Mauricio Pochettino was heard saying about Zidane’s struggles in his early days while he was at Real Madrid, comparing his hardships with him. The former PSG and Tottenham boss interpreted about his struggles at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues are reeling at 14th position, with 4 points from 4 games, winning one and losing two, while managing a stalemate in one fixture.
Poch compares his struggles to Zizou
Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the legendary names in the managerial circuit over the years. The Argentine, who was formerly at helm with Premier League giants Tottenham and Ligue 1 heavyweights PSG, has recently joined Chelsea after they endured a mediocre season last season, finishing on 12th spot, and missing out on any European possibilities. With a reputation at stake, Todd Boehly owned club modified their head at the top, bringing Pochettino on deck, in order to revamp their squad and uplifting their spirits. But, the same story has unfolded this season, as Chelsea are facing their worst possible start to the season, winning a single game out of four, as they have lost several important games, including matches where latest top recruits like Moises Caicedo made their official debuts. He has explained that players are “not machines”, and was heard comparing his initial lacunae with that to Zidane’s legendary career at the Spanish capital, where he won several coveted accolades like Champions League.
Poch has said that Zizou has been an inspiration to his Blues’ squad, which is also the youngest squad in the Premier League. He was heard saying, “At Chelsea the expectation is always massive. When you arrive at Chelsea as a player or coaching staff, the people expect to win, lift some trophies, perform and score. We now have a really young squad, players that are good investments for the club. We need to know that they are young and need to adapt and the circumstances and stay calm. It is not fair to assess after one games, two games, three games and say he is not performing.”
Setting high standards by giving example of Real Madrid
Pochettino further continued, “I always use the same example; Real Madrid paid 70 or 80 million for a player named Zinedine Zidane. He was an amazing player but after six months, you can ask the fans at the Bernabeu, and they were saying; ‘oh, what have we bought?’ He started to perform after seven or eight months. Zinedine Zidane was 26 or 27. When you buy players who are 20 or 21 you have to be careful.”
Apparently, Zizou was one of the greatest players in Madrid who also enjoyed a successful coaching stint at the Spanish capital. Referring his career, Poch said, “They are not machines. They need to settle with all the circumstances that happened in the last few months. We need to give time. That’s why it can maybe effect the results that didn’t arrive but we are happy with the process and the way that the team is showing the way we want to play.”
Chelsea will be facing an all-important fixture against Bournemouth, where a win could see them leapfrog Nottingham Forest and Brentford to 10th position.
Poch continued, “We were better than Liverpool and West Ham. I think we deserved [more]. After five games if we are talking about 12 points and through to the next round of the Carabao Cup, you say ‘fantastic, what a job’ but maybe it hides something. No, there’s a bad feeling because of the result and another feeling because the process is in a good way. We need to recover the injured players and then for sure we will be in a good way and it will be tough to play against us. “
Whether Poch’s pep-talk on Zidane works effectively on young players of Chelsea, it will soon be evident in their next away fixture against Bournemouth.