Mauricio Pochettino use different coaching approach for Chelsea defender
Mauricio Pochettino has now claimed that he has to coach one Chelsea player differently to how he is the rest of the squad.
He told the Evening Standard that he is working with Thiago Silva in a similar way to how he would like to be in the latter stages of his career.
Silva has remained a crucial part of the Chelsea side this season despite it coming in a year where he has turned 39 years of age.
Injuries to the likes of Benoit Badiashile and Wesley Fofana have kept them out for extended periods of time, and therefore Pochettino has likely called upon the veteran more than he would have imagined before the season got underway.
The manager did admit though that he has not been able to put his usual training methods upon the Brazilian during his training sessions.
He said: “We are trying to treat and to help him and manage him like I would like to be. When you have some experience, the most important thing is to feel the respect of your coaching staff.
Pochettino coaching Silva differently
“I cannot push him to train or do things like an 18-year-old because they are two different levels. Not better or worse, but different. We always care about that. He is doing really well. He is helping the team a lot.”
Silva is almost certainly going to be starting tonight as the Blues take part in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Middlesbrough.
Everyone at the club will be aware that this is comfortably their best chance at silverware since Pochettino joined the club, and likely their best opportunity for the rest of the season.
Leadership in these big-game environments is key, and therefore Silva will be super important to the fairly young side going into the final stages of a cup competition.