In the second part of our exclusive interview with Mauricio Pochettino on his first day at Cobham, the new Blues head coach outlines his promise to Chelsea fans, how he'll forge a relationship with supporters, and his expectations of Stamford Bridge.
Earlier we published part one of our interview with Pochettino, in which he spoke about why he joined the project at Chelsea and the importance of his staff, and here he looks forward to the season ahead...
Stamford Bridge is a stadium you know as an opposition manager. What emotions will you feel sitting in the home dugout for the first time against Liverpool?
‘It’s going to be exciting but while it’s close, it’s also still far away. First, we need to meet the players, start work, then the tour in America, which is going to be unbelievable to meet all the fans.
‘We will be ready for the first game against Liverpool – and it is going to be so exciting to have the first Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
‘We will face a team that’s very good in Liverpool, I know very well from the past. Now it’s important to visualise ourselves at Stamford Bridge. We know very well the stadium and we know with the fans we will create a good atmosphere.’
Emotion and passion seem to be such a vital part of who you are as a man and as a coach. With that in mind, how important will your relationship be with the Chelsea supporters?
‘I know very well that we need to build this relationship. Our past is our past, we respect and are proud of our past, but now is time to build at a new club, with different fans that behave and are different to other clubs.
‘That is our responsibility to build a very good relationship with our new fans. We hope we can create as soon as possible this good feeling, but I know very well we need to create this good feeling around the signals the team sends to them.
‘We need to be team that shows togetherness, cares about the club, cares about the fans, and that fights until the end for the badge. That’s the most important thing. The fans need to feel that all the players involved in the game are going to die for the club. That is the most important thing to create this good feeling and for sure feel proud of each other.’
What are your objectives for the season?
‘The objective is to win because football is about winning. We will have good times, create good relationships, have a nice environment and relationship with people, but the most important thing in the end is to win.
‘If you win, it helps develop all the other things. Football is about results, how you achieve that is different because we are people that care about the way we achieve the results.
‘But in the end, we want to win, be competitive, be animals that want to compete every week and in every game. But we need to translate before on the training ground and to train in this way.
‘We need to be really tough to try to create that mentality and the feeling that we can beat anyone.’
What would you say to Chelsea supporters right now as the club’s head coach?
‘I’ve already had some contact with fans on the street here in London and in Barcelona where I was. People are really excited about the future of the club, and we are excited too.
‘What we can promise is to work hard and defend this shirt until the end. We are going to try do everything for them to feel proud and to show that we really, really care. That is what we can promise.’