“I didn’t know there is still one man that can handle Saka” – Pochettino Credit one Chelsea player who did well against Saka
Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at Chelsea has been characterized by a significant effort to revitalize and reintegrate players who faced struggles in the previous season. One such player making a notable resurgence is Marc Cucurella, who, at the start of the season, found himself on the fringes and even contemplated leaving. However, he has now become an increasingly important figure for the team.
After a recent game in which Cucurella operated as a left-back and successfully matched up against the talented Bukayo Saka, Pochettino spoke effusively about the player’s transformation:
“I didn’t know about the past; I can only choose the players that we believe can perform. Marc and the club decided to stay in the last transfer window,” the coach explained when asked about the near departure of the Catalan player at the end of August. “He is training really well, which is why he played as he did today, against a very good player like Saka.”
Pochettino’s praise was a testament to Cucurella’s dedication and hard work over the past few months. The player’s versatility was also evident as he had been able to perform on the right side, showcasing his adaptability and commitment.
While many fans may hold the view that Ian Maatsen should be the preferred choice at left-back during Ben Chilwell’s absence, it’s essential to acknowledge Pochettino’s perspective. He is making decisions with the aim of winning every game, and his choices are rooted in his close observation of the players in daily training. Respect for his decisions is warranted, considering his proximity to the squad and his drive to achieve the best possible results for Chelsea.