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Mauricio Pochettino explains decision to captain Conor Gallagher over Enzo Fernandez

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino has, on Friday, provided an insight into his recent captaincy selections.

The subject of the captain’s armband has of course long proven a major talking point in west London.

This comes with Reece James, fresh off being named Chelsea’s new captain by the aforementioned Pochettino, sidelined once more at present.

The Blues’ boss, in turn, has been left with another decision to make, regarding James’ stand-in.

Last weekend, with Ben Chilwell on the bench, Conor Gallagher was somewhat surprisingly the man chosen to lead the club out against Bournemouth.

Speaking to the media earlier today, Pochettino therefore provided something of an insight into the call:

“It is normal if you see the starting XI versus Bournemouth, he was also captain versus Wimbledon, it’s not a big thing to create a party.

“He can be a captain, he is from Chelsea and it is perfect for him to represent the team.”

And now, on Friday evening, further quotes on the part of the Argentine have come to the fore.

On this occasion drawn on Gallagher’s superior captaincy credentials to those of midfield partner Enzo Fernandez, Pochettino pointed towards the former’s ability to speak English fluently as key:

“If we need to communicate with the referee and everything I think Conor can perfectly do the job and for me I prefer Conor than Enzo because I think Conor can speak normally, English. I think Enzo is still not ready to be a captain. It is not only because of character or personality or profile. It’s about you need to communicate with the people and if you don’t manage still the language properly you cannot be captain no? I don’t know. Maybe I’m wrong but it’s my opinion.”

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