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How Chelsea stars reacted to Pochettino appointment

Chelsea’s squad has reacted positively to Mauricio Pochettino’s potential arrival at Stamford Bridge and believe the club have made the right choice.

Argentine manager Pochettino has agreed to take over the West London side and is set to become Chelsea’s sixth permanent head coach in five years.

The 51-year-old has managed Tottenham, who he guided to the UEFA Champions League final, but has been out of work since his departure from PSG last summer.

Pochettino will take charge of the club in the summer, allowing caretaker manager Frank Lampard to oversee Chelsea’s last three matches of the campaign.

Former Spurs boss Pochettino is one of the most highly-rated managers in Europe but has a big job on his hands at Stamford Bridge.

Despite spending around £600m on new signings over the past one year, the Blues have endured a disappointing season, slipping to 11th in the Premier League.

But Chelsea’s squad are at optimistic that Pochettino is the right man to take the club forward and believe the Argentine is not only a shrewd appointment but a good choice, according to CBS Sports.

Pochettino needs to trim the bloated squad at Stamford Bridge but is also keen to bring in some signings this summer and will target players with Premier League pedigree.

Forner PSG head coach Pochettino will become Todd Boehly’s third permanent manager since he bought Chelsea last year.

Reacting to Pochettino’s expected arrival, former Chelsea defender Jason Cundy told Sky Sports: ‘It’s about time!

‘This has been in the pipeline for some time. In the last three weeks, I’ve heard the deal has been done. They’ve obviously been going through all the little bits and pieces that these contracts take. I’m delighted with the news.’

Chelsea drew 2-2 with Nottingham on Saturday and return to action next week against Premier League leaders Manchester City.

After Forest draw, Lampard said: ‘The second half was ours, control of the game was ours obviously in terms of possession but in the first half we weren’t dynamic enough in the top end of the pitch.

‘From our point of view we lose half the game by starting slow. We start the second half, overlap and score and make sprints, movements and we score. whether it’s a fair result I don’t know but we have to do more to win the game.’

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