New Chelsea head coach Enzo Maresca wants to introduce 'right mentality and culture'


Enzo Maresca says his priority is to create the “right mentality and culture” as he begins his stint as Chelsea head coach.

Maresca, 44, joined Chelsea from Leicester City in June. He signed a five-year deal which includes a club-held option to extend by 12 months.

The Italian replaced Mauricio Pochettino, whose relationship with the Stamford Bridge fanbase was often fraught during his single season at the helm.

Speaking in his first official interview as Chelsea head coach, Maresca said he was focused on “creating a connection between the fans and the club”.

“When you join a club you try to analyse what the club and team needs to improve and do the right things,” Maresca said.

“For me, it’s clear we need to create as soon as possible the right mentality and culture, a culture that the fans can be proud of. This is very important.

“We are going to try to be an aggressive team on the ball and off the ball and we need to create this connection between the fans and the club, especially at home.

‘When you have your own fans behind the team pushing, it’s like playing with 12 players and this is what we have to create here.”

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Maresca will become the seventh Italian coach to take charge of Chelsea in the Premier League era after Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, Maurizio Sarri, Roberto Di Matteo and Antonio Conte.

The former Manchester City development squad manager said Chelsea’s rich history of Italian coaches was “one of the reasons” he decided to accept a move to south west London.

“I’m very proud to be an Italian manager here again,” said. “Probably there is something between Chelsea as a club, as a family, and Italian people that works well!”

He added: “I consider Chelsea one of the biggest clubs in the world so I will feel very proud of it.”

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Maresca — the fourth permanent head coach in the space of two years — also asked fans to “trust the process” after a disappointing start to the Clearlake Capital-Todd Boehly ownership.

“Just trust the process, trust the idea, be behind the team,” he said.

“For sure we are going to enjoy the journey. Like at every club, for every manager, it will not be easy because nothing is easy. But for sure we are going to enjoy our journey.”

His first competitive match in charge of Chelsea will be on August 18 in the club’s season opener against defending champions Man City.

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