Mauricio Pochettino sounds like he has some old school in his management and training methods, and I like that.
Danny Rose described him as “disciplinarian” and Rickie Lambert talked about how hard his training sessions are.
The above sentence will cause some of our current players to feel uneasy and have their boots trembling. And you know what? GOOD! If you’re not ready to put in the work, fight for Chelsea and fight for your place at Pochettino starting the Xl every Saturday, respectfully use the exit door at Cobham.
If you put in the work, you’ll get more out of it, especially as a football player.
IN Telegraph today it is said that running is something that Chelsea players who want to succeed under Pochettino will have to do a lot and may soon become familiar with the notorious Gacon test, a grueling intermittent shuttle run favored by the coach and his staff.
“For starters, players have 45 seconds to cover 150 metres, with 15 seconds to rest,” Pochettino explained in his book. “For each subsequent 45-second repetition, they have to run 6.25 meters further, with a steadily increasing intensity.”
Southampton players hated the Gacon test and, upset by the amount of running Pochettino required on Mondays after matches, Rickie Lambert went to his new coach to ask for relaxation. He was listened to politely and the two shook hands.
“I left (the office) and went back to the guys making up, thinking ‘yeah, I just did it for you guys, next Monday will be sorted,’ said the striker. “So I played the game (next weekend) again 90 minutes come Monday we not only did 12 but we did 24 runs – 24 runs and I just knew I was running around laughing and almost crying and I knew what he was doing, he was breaking me, and he was, he was breaking me.”
So these methods clearly benefited Lambert, who would probably never have been tagged as the most prepared player on the team or one with the most stamina. But his success came after very hard work and this is a good example of what pays off.
Lambert played in England and landed a dream transfer to Liverpool just as Danny Rose flourished under Pochettino at Tottenham after waking up early.
“He’s very thorough, very precise, he’s disciplined,” said Rose. “He records the workouts. He was the first manager I met who recorded training sessions, recorded sessions in the gym. There are no hiding places.
“There was one game we played at Crystal Palace and I thought I had a good game. He called me into his office the next day to analyze the game. Thought there would be some good clips. It had 26 bad clips showing what I did wrong. That’s how he is as a manager.”
For me, it’s all music to my ears. But can you imagine that some of the current weak minded Chelsea players in our squad read all this and are happy about it!? No, neither can I! Some of them should either really push to leave now or prepare to change their attitude and gather their strength, keep silent, work hard and reap the rewards.
A team full of 100% fit players who can run all day and at the right pace will always have a good chance in any game they play. In addition to technical skill and quality, teams must be able to surpass their opponents physically and overtake them as far as possible.
I always thought Pochettino brought the perfect balance of discipline, respect and the ability to throw his arm over his shoulder. Players like Harry Kane will always speak highly of Pochettino as a person and as a coach, and he is one of the many players Pochettino has developed a close relationship with on and off the pitch, which is also a very good thing.
If players respect, like and trust you, they’ll be much more willing to give up hard yards for you on the training pitch and in matches. That’s what Pochettino will try to build at Chelsea and I think he’ll be able to make the players work hard for him here, really.
The Chelsea players will have a choice, either they go with Poch or they go in the opposite direction. And if they have chosen the opposite direction, it is up to the board of our club to fully support Pochettino and support him, not individual players. Can you call it tough love? But that is now fully needed at this club to build a strong mentality and put an end to any signs of strength in the players.
I have concerns about how some modern players would take this type of training method, but I don’t care either. You either want to put in the hard work to succeed or you don’t, and if you don’t, then get lost, kid.