Mauricio Pochettino: Mikel Arteta Discloses Chelsea Boss’ Advice Before His Coaching Career

Mauricio Pochettino: Mikel Arteta Discloses Chelsea Boss’ Advice Before His Coaching Career

Elijah Odetokun
updated at October 20, 2023 at 10:52 AM
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  • Chelsea and Arsenal are set to battle in the London derby at Stamford Bridge tomorrow
  • Both Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta have history dating back to their playing days
  • Arteta has disclosed the advice Pochettino gave him before he began his coaching career

Mauricio Pochettino and Mikel Arteta have a history dating back to their playing days and the Arsenal boss has opened up about the advice he received from the Chelsea boss before he began his coaching career.

Chelsea and Arsenal will face off at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the London derby, a highly anticipated match by the players and fans worldwide.

The Gunners won both games home and away last season 4-1 on aggregate, with Graham Potter and Frank Lampard managing either game for the Blues.

Mikel Arteta, Arsenal, Manchester City, Emirates Stadium, Premier League.
Mikel Arteta is one of the Premier League's most vocal managers on the touchline. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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However, that did not stop their rivals from coasting to victory.

Pochettino was appointed earlier in the season with the responsibility of rebranding the team, and after a slow start in the league, he has masterminded three straight wins.

Arteta discloses Pochettino's advice

The two managers were former teammates at Paris Saint-Germain in Arteta's first professional opportunity away from Barcelona B.

The La Masia graduate praised the Argentine's influence over him in the early days of his professional career.

"He's been one of the most influential [people] in my football career, first of all as a player. He took me under his arm and looked after me like a little brother. He was a big part of the success I had in Paris. He's been a role model to me," Arteta told Arsenal TV.

The former Everton midfielder added that Poch had a big say in his decision to begin his coaching career. Per Hayters TV, he disclosed the advice the 51-year-old gave him.

"Don't go into coaching, it's too hard," he joked.

The former Real Sociedad star won a trophy in his career before his role model. He led Arsenal to the 2020 FA Cup victory over Chelsea before Pochettino won the Trophee des Champions with PSG in January 2021.

Pochettino looks forward to Arsenal

Sports Brief also reported on Pochettino addressing Chelsea fans on what to expect from the players when they take on last season's Premier League runners-up at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

The Argentine manager acknowledged that their rivals are in a different level of process to his team, and how they fare against a more mature side will tell a lot about how far they have progressed.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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