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Chelsea’s new era officially begins: Mauricio Pochettino arrives for first day as new Blues boss

The new Chelsea manager has been reported arriving at Cobham as he begins practice with a small group of players ahead of a US tour.

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Mauricio Pochettino has arrived on his official first day as Chelsea manager.

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The Blues’ official social media platforms shared a video of their new Argentine manager arriving at their Cobham training base on Monday morning.

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Pochettino can be seen happily welcoming his familiar coaching staff and addressing the camera before entering the facility, with the phrase “This is where it all starts.” “Welcome, Poch.”

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The former Tottenham head coach officially began his Chelsea job on Saturday, but he actually began working for the club on Monday as Graham Potter’s long-term replacement after the disastrous interim tenure of Stamford Bridge legend Frank Lampard.

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He will begin by working with a few selected Under-21 players as well as a small group of players that will feature recently recovered striker Armando Broja.

The majority of Chelsea’s first-team squad has their own individual return dates to ensure they get enough post-season vacation following their international obligations. Chelsea have two weeks to get ready before they fly out to the United States for their preseason tour.

Chelsea are yet to officially introduce Pochettino as the club’s new leader beyond the initial announcement of the agreement, although this is expected to happen during pre-season.

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Pochettino will be expected to make a major impact on Chelsea’s poor 2022/23 season, which saw them finish 12th in the Premier League for the first time since 1994.

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The Blues are in the midst of a major summer squad overhaul, having already sold Kai Havertz, Mateo Kovacic, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with many more sales coming, including Hakim Ziyech.

Pochettino has two new signings in France striker Christopher Nkunku and Senegal winger Nicolas Jackson, both of whom arrived from RB Leipzig and Villarreal, respectively. Chelsea’s youth drive continues with the additions of Dujuan Richards, Alex Matos, Kendry Paez, and Diego Moreira, while Angelo Gabriel is close to signing from Santos.

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Chelsea begin their US trip on July 19 against Wrexham in North Carolina, followed by Brighton in Philadelphia as part of the inaugural Premier League Summer Series, Newcastle in Atlanta, and local rivals Fulham in Landover. On August 2, they will end their tour against Borussia Dortmund in Chicago.

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