Hello Rank Squad!
Finally, it feels like the Mauricio Pochettino deal to Chelsea that’s been floating around the ether for weeks now is a done deal, so we’ve decided to take a look at the first orders of business for him when he takes the reins at Stamford Bridge. There’s a lot to get through, so expert help was needed in the form of The Athletic’s Chelsea correspondent Liam Twomey, an old friend of this parish.
We discussed the issues facing Poch in deciding what his No. 9 needs to look like, working out who fits the roles he needs in his attacking midfield core, finding an understudy/replacement for N’Golo Kanté, the fitness of the squad, and the outgoing players he needs to find a new home for.
There’s room for Things We Love too – where we discuss Xavi ending Barcelona’s four year wait for a La Liga title at Camp Nou and the news that Marcelo Bielsa has been appointed as the new manager of the Uruguay National Team. Melon of the Week comes from a humdinger at Elland Road, and there’s a Gibberish about Jack’s learnings from the three stag do (bachelor party) weekends he’s been on in a row.