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Chelsea star reveals major impact Mauricio Pochettino has had on squad

An insight into Maurico Pochettino’s short Chelsea stint has been provided.

Pochettino has taken over Chelsea during something of a time of crisis.

The Blues spent £600m in the previous two transfer windows and still somehow finished 12th in the Premier League.

Chelsea ran through three managers last season but have decided Pochettino is the man to rebuild them.

A number of players have already been sold as the Argentine kicks off his rebuild.

One player who is set to stay put is Ben Chilwell, with the left-back clearly already forming a strong bond with his new coach.

Speaking on Chelsea’s pre-season tour of America, Chilwell explained how Pochettino gets his players to break through barriers, both mental and physical. “It’s not just manager-player relationship, it’s more personal where you kind of want to work for each other,” says the left-back.

“Last season we weren’t fit enough if we’re being honest, so every player in the squad agreed that was what we needed — and it wasn’t just the first week, it’s continued. The first week was a bit of a shock for everyone. It reminded me of going back to youth team days when we used to call it getting ‘beasted’.

“It will continue for the rest of pre-season. Physically we’re all in a good place.”

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