Reece James will take charge at Chelsea this season as they remain without a captain since Cesar Azpilicueta left for Atletico Madrid earlier in the summer.
Liam Twomey of The Athletic has reported on this as part of an overhaul at the club that was “massively disruptive” for its players.
Pochettino gained experience as a defender for Newell’s Old Boys of Argentina and Espanyol of Spain before switching into coaching in January 2009. Espanyol under his tutelage rose into the top half of LaLiga during that season before finishing eighth overall in 2010.
Mauricio Pochettino became manager of Tottenham Hotspur in May 2014 and quickly led them to their first league title in three seasons and two domestic cup finals, along with their return into UEFA Champions League for the first time since 2006.
Liam Twomey suggests that Chelsea’s haste in hiring Pochettino could indicate their perception that they were hasty in firing Tuchel, leading to tension within their ranks, contributing to current frustrations at the club and contributing to its current climate.
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Reece James can now call himself proud after becoming Chelsea’s new club captain, fulfilling a lifelong goal and fulfilling the desire of many academy graduates over time. James, 23, will lead out Chelsea for their opening Premier League match of 2018 against Liverpool this Sunday.
James has become one of the first names on the team sheet since joining Chelsea as part of their senior squad in 2019. Unfortunately, repeated injuries have prevented him from playing as many matches as desired.
Cobham-born fullback Harry Maguire has been part of the club for 17 years, and understands all the responsibilities that come with being captain. Mauricio Pochettino and the club’s joint sporting directors believe he should replace Cesar Azpilicueta in this role – although veteran Brazilian defender Thiago Silva was also considered. As captain, Maguire must avoid injury issues that have plagued him the past two seasons to maximize his potential and contribute fully to club goals.
Chelsea’s new captain
After an off-the-field season that saw Chelsea relegated, a new ownership structure under Todd Boehly (of LA Dodgers fame) was put in place with hopes that this would usher in a period of stability for Chelsea as they began a new era.
James was given an immense responsibility after being named captain of the Blues by new manager Mauricio Pochettino. Pre-season had seen him leading his side and working hard to win him over.
Cezar Azpilicueta moved on to Atletico Madrid during the summer and his successor would face a tough challenge to succeed him as captain of Chelsea FC. Mauricio Pochettino appointed James, known for his commanding presence at the back, and it will be interesting to watch how well he meets expectations and demands of his new role – sure to provide great drama at Stamford Bridge!
First match as captain
Although he may not have the silverware collected by previous captains such as Azpilicueta and Terry, James has proven himself an outstanding choice for the club. He leads by example and inspires those around him while being an excellent defender who won’t hesitate to put himself out there for his team.
Not to shy away from controversy, he was embroiled in the club’s infamous sex scandal back in 2012 and later took on the role of youth coach after an initial loan period at Wigan Athletic.
Kepa’s departure has opened the door for another captain to fill this role next season; candidates include Jorginho, Kovacic, Thiago Silva, Mason Mount or Reece James as possible options.