Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has the potential to become “one of the greatest managers in the world”.
Arteta, who was in his first managerial role, took charge of Arsenal in December 2019, finishing second in the Premier League last season and qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in six years, dramatically changing the team’s fate. was revived.
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Pochettino and Arteta’s friendship dates back to 2001, when both joined Paris Saint-Germain as players that summer, with Arteta on a season-long loan from Barcelona B and Pochettino on a permanent move from Espanyol. Made a contract.
Pochettino said ahead of his first meeting as manager when Chelsea host Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on Friday.[I have] Great memories. Connecting with people like him allows us to share our values and passion for football. Yes, I can say that he has been part of my family since the first day he arrived in Paris.
“We arrived together and we stayed together with our families, first in a hotel for a few months and then living very close together. It was an amazing, amazing history. What he did… I wasn’t surprised, because he was already a coach when he was 17 years old, so when I saw him, he was already a coach.
“Believe me, he was really, really good. His judgment, his way of thinking about football, I wasn’t surprised that he was great. He’s still really young and he’s growing every day. He will become one of the greatest managers in the world.”
“When you’re the manager of Arsenal and the team is showing what they’re showing, it’s because he’s one of the best players. I don’t care if he’s 30 or 40, he’s has shown that he is one of the best players and one of the best coaches in the world today.
“Of course, it’s not just about being tactically good. Football knowledge is about how to manage people, how to manage laboratories, how to deal with the media, It’s about how you deal with the owners, how you deal with the sporting director. “It’s not just the ability to be smart or intelligent in how you prepare for a game, because at the end of the day, it’s about how you deal with the current situation in this business.” Because I don’t think that’s the most important thing. But of course he’s one of the best players.”
Arteta spoke at a press conference on Friday about the influence Pochettino had on him during their time together in the French capital.
“He was critical and one of the most influential people in my career. First as a player, he took me under his arm and looked after me like a little kid or a little brother. He “Thanks to him in Paris, he really looked after me and gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of advice,” Arteta said.
“Since that day, he has been a role model for me, not only when I was a player, but also as a manager, and when I had to make the decision to retire and begin my coaching career, he was a role model for me. has made a big statement about that, and I will continue to be filled with gratitude.”
Arteta is thought to have had an offer from manager Pochettino to join Tottenham as a coach when he retired in 2016, but he rejected the approach and moved to Manchester City, joining Josep Guardiola. He spent three years there before taking over at Arsenal.
Asked what advice he received from Pochettino seven years ago, Arteta said: “‘Don’t be a coach – it’s too difficult! That’s number one. Is that clear? Yes. So what are the options? ?’ I answered.”
“I knew he was going to be a coach, and as a player he was already a leader, so I watched him very closely. The way he understood the game was phenomenal. I had him behind me and he was always coaching me.”I’m so proud of what he’s done throughout his coaching career and the way he’s done it.” There’s
Chelsea will be without Armando Broja due to a knee injury, while Nicholas Jackson (wrist), Axel Disasi (quad) and Reece James (hamstring) will be assessed after training on Friday.