After Chelsea officially announced – on Tuesday – the appointment of Argentine Mauricio Pochettino at the head of the technical management to lead the team in the new season of the English Premier League football (Premier League), there are complex tasks waiting for him to return the "Blues" to the path of coronations.
The first task that awaits the former Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain coach is to deal with a large number of players on the club's rosters and with the gaps in the squad that the team showed last season clearly.
Pochettino – who begins his new duties on the first of July next with a two-year contract – wants to sign a new goalkeeper, although he has the Spaniard Kepa, the most expensive goalkeeper in the world, and Senegalese Edor Mendy, who is close to leaving "Stamford Bridge", and also the inclusion of a midfielder and it seems that the option will be Portuguese Manuel Ugart (Sporting player), who wants to play in the Premier League, which amounts to a penalty clause in his contract 60 million euros, in addition to a striker who plays in a position Number "9", although the "Blues" include in their statements the Belgian Romelu Lukaku loanee to Inter Milan, who is close to returning to London.
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10 departures and two players with special status
Pochettino does not want to part with Englishman Mason Mount - who is demanded by Europe's top teams - but he allows the departure or non-renewal of the loan contract of more than 10 players, led by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic, Hakim Ziyech and Joao Felix.
In conclusion, the Blues dispense with more than 10 players and sign 3, and negotiate with two players, Mount and Lukaku, all in order to restore calm and confidence to the team's dressing room and return the team's wheel to rotate properly, after the chaos in the inclusion of players, especially in the Mercato last summer and winter.
Chelsea finished the Premier League in 12th place with 44 points, collected from winning only 11 games and drawing in the same, and losing 16 games.
The Blues also scored 38 goals and conceded 47, figures that were lower than the 1995-1996 and 2015-2016 seasons, which saw a significant decline in the team's performance, making the season ended the worst ever for Chelsea in the Premier League.