Preseason rebuild will do Pochettino good
After a largely underwhelming season, Chelsea will be hoping to prepare adequately for the coming campaign. It is safe to say the bulk of that work has already started, with the appointment of new manager Mauricio Pochettino. Club legend Frank Lampard failed to inspire much improvement in the team on his second coming and that is a closed chapter now. For Pochettino, a man well versed with English football, this is a chance to wake up a sleeping giant. One big issue the Argentinian manager will be forced to deal with is the fact that he needs to attract top talent, but doesn’t have continental football to dangle. It means the Blues will have to put up attractive financial packages as makeweight, but at the same time, retain key players from what has been a poor season.
Muscle to challenge
One thing we can be sure of, is that with a good preseason, and key players staying put, Chelsea will still have the muscle to challenge top sides. The new manager has a whole preseason period to monitor his new team and with new arrivals also expected, Chelsea can be a good avenue to stake on winning bets through Bet365 promo code. Check here to get the best bet365 bonus for opening a new online betting account as presented on Sportytrader. For starters, Christopher Nkunku will be expected to solve Chelsea’s problems in attack. The Frenchman has endured an injury-laden season but has still managed to stand tall despite the setbacks. He managed 23 goals in the recently concluded season and that’s despite missing a chunk of it. He is set to join a team that managed 38 goals in the Premier League all season in the just ended campaign. Chelsea will also have a number of returnees from loan spells to boost the attack and Pochettino can only hope they link up well with Nkunku. Timo Werner returns after a season at Leipzig and while it isn’t clear if he will stay, linking up with Nkunku in attack will be interesting. Romelu Lukaku has also finished his season – in disappointing style – with Inter Milan and will boost Pochetinno’s options.
Pochettino will however meet bigger problems when the team returns to training. Apart from having to make a decision over Lukaku, who has intimated his desire to leave, the coach will hope the Belgian can accept a bit part role, with Nkunku expected to be the point man. Kai Havertz is also not to be overlooked. With the right support around him, he can get back to his best. In light of all these, Pochettino may also have to work on incorporating Timo Werner in the attack. Whilst the manager deals with all these, there is also the small problem of Mason Mount looking to leave. A number of potential suitors have already made it clear that they want him. One of these clubs is Manchester United. The midfielder is however staying tight lipped on his next destination. Another cog at Chelsea, N’Golo Kante has also been linked with a move away, same to Matteo Kovacic. With Jorginho having left in January, a midfield re-build may be in the pipeline.