Home coming: Jose Mourinho prepares for Chelsea return as Pochettino’s replacement

Jose Mourinho prepares for Chelsea return to replace Mauricio Pochettino, says Ruud Gullit

Former Chelsea boss Rudd Gullit says Jose Mourinho ‘still has it’ and could return to Stamford Bridge for a third stint in charge.

Pressure is mounting on Mauricio Pochettino, with Chelsea in 11th place in the Premier League.

The Blues were also beaten by Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final last month, despite Jurgen Klopp’s side being depleted by injuries and the Reds fielding a number of youngsters.

Supporters have started to turn on Pochettino, who already faced an uphill task in winning them over given his Spurs connections.

Despite their expensive squad, Chelsea’s first team is one of the youngest in the Premier League.

He has young players and Mourinho could do that with young players,’ Gullit told beIN Sports.

‘He can. I think he can. I like Mourinho. I think what he’s done is unbelievable.

‘He’s been in difficult situations. He was sometimes taking attention to the wrong things at time but I think he has it.’

A large section of Chelsea’s away support, meanwhile, turned on Pochettino during Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Brentford and chanted for the return of Mourinho.

When asked if he is concerned about his relationship with Chelsea supporters, Pochettino said: ‘No, I am not worried. We need to accept this relationship.

‘Someone asked me, ‘do you feel the love from the fans?’. No. We need to build the relationship between the coaching staff and the fans, you build your relationship through winning games.

‘But at the moment we can’t match the expectation. When we’re not matching the expectation are we going to ask for love? Normally in football when there’s frustration you pay with the coach or with the people who are above with responsibility.

‘I’m not asking for anything, I will continue to work and change this perception, change winning games, we now have one week to prepare for Newcastle and try to win and keep moving and pushing.

‘We need to manage some reality, I cannot explain every day why. Of course, we are working really, really hard to try to win games. The team is fighting, in six days we played 120 minutes last Sunday, Wednesday was another tough game, we are a little bit short in some positions because of injuries or circumstance. We can refresh the team and try to find different ways to play, different systems to try to provide the team with more consistency.

‘If that doesn’t work and the fans are disappointed with that then I respect their opinion.

‘I think the relationship is good, if they did what they did I think it’s the frustration, we need to understand fans are emotional, I am fighting with all my sense to provide the team with the best tools to work and to improve and to play in the best way and of course, scoring goals and win games.

But if that’s not possible… today is my 52nd birthday, I know this business very well, I’m never going to give up, I’m going to fight, I am ready to fight tomorrow again and for the next game. I understand this business, we are going to keep going.’

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