Former Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to return to Stamford Bridge, despite having left The Blues after mutually agreeing to part ways last week.

Former Chelsea coach Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly set to return to Stamford Bridge, despite having left The Blues after mutually agreeing to part ways last week.

Mauricio Pochettino’s departure was confirmed two days after the season ended in an amicable farewell.

The decision came after the 52-year-old coach had end-of-season discussions with Chelsea’s Sporting Directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

As a result, both parties agreed to terminate their cooperation after a dynamic season for Chelsea.

However, Pochettino could return to West London in the coming weeks. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager is set to lead the World XI team for the Soccer Aid match for the second consecutive year.

The charity match will take place at Stamford Bridge on June 9, 2024. This annual match has raised over 90 million pounds, or approximately 1.4 trillion rupiahs, for UNICEF since 2006.

The London public will see Mauricio Pochettino face off against another former Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard. The Chelsea legend will lead the England team alongside Harry Redknapp and Robbie Williams.

Pochettino’s return to the sidelines will mark his first interaction with supporters since his departure.

The Argentine coach did not get the chance to say goodbye to the fans after Chelsea’s last game because he was forced into media interviews.

At that time, the former PSG manager remained in London after the match, while his staff prepared for vacation.

As a result, he was the only one available to have discussions with the club, leading to the decision to part ways. (Rayhan Nur Hakim)

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Enzo Maresca will officially take over the Chelsea squad on July 1. Chelsea players are likely to be introduced to a strict dietary regimen, with some menu items potentially being reduced.

Maresca is a former Leicester City manager who successfully led Leicester back to promotion to the Premier League next season. He was appointed as Chelsea’s new manager recently after Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.

The 44-year-old will officially start working on July 1, accompanied by six staff members in the dressing room. Willy Caballero, Danny Walker, Michele De Bernardin, Javi Molina, Roberto Vitiello, and Marcos Alvarez will assist Maresca at The Blues.

Alvarez, an experienced fitness coach, is reported to enforce a strict diet at Chelsea’s Cobham headquarters. Alvarez previously served as a fitness coach at Tottenham, Sevilla, Parma, and Leicester.

While at Spurs, Alvarez banned salt, pepper, fruit juice, sauces, and cakes from the team’s menu when he worked under Juande Ramos. He even managed to reduce the team’s total weight by 100 kg.

Jamie O’Hara and Darren Bent shared their experiences of the dietary regime imposed by Alvarez in 2007. They even made secret trips to McDonald’s.

“When Juande Ramos came in, he banned ketchup and any sauces. All you could eat was dry pasta, chicken, and that was the thing he did throughout his time there,” O’Hara told talkSPORT.

“We went on a preseason trip and it was tough when there were no sauces at all. You were just eating dry chicken and pasta.”

O’Hara even teamed up with a McDonald’s security guard. The security guard helped Spurs players sneak into McDonald’s.

“I remember the security guard, Alan Dixon, who is still there now, used to sneak the lads out and get McDonald’s,” O’Hara concluded.

“There was one meat option, one fish option, and maybe white rice and vegetables, that was it. No salt, no pepper, no flavor!”

In addition to eating chicken without sauce, the strict eating program at Spurs only allowed dry pasta without sauce.

“There was also dry pasta, a pasta option without sauce. You try to eat pasta without sauce. Pasta, without sauce, without salt or pepper, not even tomatoes.”

Reported by Telegraph, the Spanish man was believed to have removed fried eggs from the breakfast buffet at Leicester. (Muhammad Cyril Setiawan)

Chelsea is reportedly unwilling to loan Romelu Lukaku again in the summer transfer window of 2024. The Blues only want to release the Belgian player on a permanent deal.

Romelu Lukaku was signed by Chelsea from Inter Milan in 2021 for a hefty fee of 97.5 million pounds. However, the hope of getting significant contributions from the player has not materialized so far.

The Blues instead loaned Lukaku back to Inter Milan and then to AS Roma last season. The player’s contract at Stamford Bridge still has two years remaining.

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Lukaku seems unlikely to secure a spot in Chelsea’s squad next season.

He will need to leave if he wants to get significant playing time.

However, Chelsea is unwilling to loan Lukaku out again. They need fresh funds from selling Lukaku.

Chelsea has reportedly set a price tag of 37 million pounds for Romelu Lukaku. The Blues want to sell Lukaku to reduce their wage bill.

The former Manchester United player receives a substantial salary at Chelsea, earning 325 thousand pounds per week. This is no small amount.

AS Roma is interested in re-signing Lukaku, who spent last season on loan at the Serie A club. Lukaku scored 21 goals in 47 appearances for Giallorossi.

However, they are unable to meet Chelsea’s asking price.

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