James and Chilwell looking forward to life under Pochettino

5 Jun 2023
James, Chilwell

Chelsea full-backs speak about their new head coach and express their hopes of a much-improved 2023/24 season

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Chelsea full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell have both said how excited they are to be working under Mauricio Pochettino ahead of the 2023/24 Premier League season.

Pochettino was announced as Chelsea's new head coach on 29 May and will start his job from 1 July.

The Argentinian has a good history of working with full-backs, with Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all excelling under him at Tottenham Hotspur.

"I'm looking forward to working with him [Pochettino]," James said on Chelsea's official website.

"Everyone says he’s a great manager and hopefully next season we can find our feet early and be a good, strong side like we know we can be.

Pochettino will be taking over a Chelsea side who registered a disappointing 12th-placed finish in 2022/23. 

"The aim is to get back to where we know we should be," Chilwell said. "We've got a big pre-season coming up that we’re all looking forward to.

"We've got a new manager coming in and it's up to us as players to go out there and make sure next season is a good one for the club.

"I’m really excited to work with Pochettino. I've spoken to a few players who have worked with him before and they’ve all said good things about him and highlighted how he's such a good manager."

Chelsea and Premier League fans will get an early taste of Pochettino's plans for Chelsea when the club embark on the Premier League's Summer Series tournament this July.

See: Clubs' pre-season plans

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