Mauricio Pochettino has called on his Chelsea players to show the fans that they’re willing ‘to die for the club’ this season.
Pochettino has began work at Chelsea after being appointed as the club’s new head coach and has outlined his demands from the squad ahead of his first season in charge.
The Argentine arrives in west London after a disappointing campaign for the west Londoners, one which saw Chelsea score just 38 league goals to end the season 12th in the Premier League, the club’s lowest league finish since 1994/95.
Chelsea have overseen mass changes and the dismissal of two managers since Todd Boehly’s arrival as owner and Pochettino – who spent five-and-a-half seasons at London rivals Tottenham – discussed his task to rebuild his squad and form a strong relationship with the supporters.
“I know very well that we need to build this relationship,” Pochettino told chelseafc.com.
“Our past is our past, we respect and are proud of our past, but now is time to build at a new club, with different fans that behave and are different to other clubs.
“That is our responsibility to build a very good relationship with our new fans. We hope we can create as soon as possible this good feeling, but I know very well we need to create this good feeling around the signals the team sends to them.
“We need to be team that shows togetherness, cares about the club, cares about the fans, and that fights until the end for the badge. That’s the most important thing. The fans need to feel that all the players involved in the game are going to die for the club. That is the most important thing to create this good feeling and for sure feel proud of each other.”