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Cucurella on Chelsea’s Spanish Influence
- Updated: November 20, 2023
In the intricate world of Chelsea’s football dynamics, left-back Marc Cucurella shares his reflections on the ongoing season, shedding light on the challenges of adapting to the unique pressures of playing for a colossal club like Chelsea. Now in his second season with the Blues after transferring from Brighton & Hove Albion, Cucurella has witnessed a series of changes, including the arrival of new teammates and the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as the head coach.
The adaptation process has been inevitable, with the influx of fresh faces to the squad and the transition to a new managerial era. Cucurella acknowledges that beyond the physical and tactical adjustments, it is the unparalleled pressure associated with representing a club of Chelsea’s stature that demands the most significant adaptation.
“When you come to a big club, for sure the pressure is there,” Cucurella explains. “Here at Chelsea, every week, every game, you have to win. Otherwise, the team and fans aren’t happy. That is the big difference.”
Despite the pressure, Cucurella finds solace in the progress made by the team. He sees the formation of good habits and the emergence of a cohesive, young team. While recognizing there is room for improvement, he believes the team’s current style of play is promising. “We need to keep producing our best performance and manage the small details, mistakes. Once we do this, we can win more games, and the pressure is eased,” he adds.
One noteworthy aspect of Chelsea’s evolving dynamics is the growing Spanish-speaking contingent within the squad, including Cucurella himself. The arrival of familiar faces like Robert Sanchez and Moises Caicedo, who Cucurella played alongside at Brighton, has not only added to the familiarity but has also contributed to a deeper understanding within the team on and off the pitch.
“I am very happy they joined,” Cucurella expresses about Sanchez and Caicedo. “I told them we would have a Spanish mafia! That we can speak as well with the manager in Spanish makes it easier to explain our mistakes or what we need to do on the pitch. We have a really good team, are very close inside and outside the pitch, and I think when these relationships are good, then on the pitch we can play together.”
The language factor aside, Cucurella emphasizes the crucial role of the close relationship the squad shares with Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff in the ongoing development phase. “He is a good manager. We know we are a good team, and one of the important things is to have the team healthy, because we run a lot and press a lot. Now it’s about playing and getting confidence,” says Cucurella. He highlights the coaching staff’s approach of being close to the players, fostering confidence, and aiding in the team’s overall development.
“We are in a good way and need to continue. There are a lot of games to finish the season, and if we continue in this way, we can do good things this season,” concludes Cucurella, expressing optimism about Chelsea’s trajectory under Pochettino’s guidance. As the season unfolds, the blend of pressure, unity, and the influence of the ‘Spanish Mafia’ could be pivotal in Chelsea’s pursuit of success on multiple fronts.
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By- Sahiba Suri