Chelsea Eyeing Pochettino’s Replacement

LONDON: Chelsea are reportedly drawing up a list of Mauricio Pochettino’s replacements after they lost in the English League Cup final yesterday.

Sporting Lisbon boss Ruben Amorim remains under the watch of Todd Boehly.

The Blues lost 1-0 to Liverpool at Wembley following Virgil van Dijk’s header in the 118th minute.

Jurgen Klopp’s team emerged as champions despite fielding several youth academy players in the squad.

Chelsea remain trophyless under Boehly after spending £1 billion since he took over in 2022.

The American has worked with three managers, first sacking Thomas Tuchel before bringing in Graham Potter and Frank Lampard.

According to The Mail newspaper, Boehly may make it four when he starts looking for Pochettino’s replacement.

Top of the Sporting Lisbon boss’ list was Amorim who was the main candidate for the job last summer.

His club is two points behind the Primeira Liga leaders with one game less to play.

Amorim is among several names on the list to replace Pochettino should Chelsea decide to sack him.

Bayern Munich And Thomas Tuchel Part Ways

BERLIN: Bayern Munich will end their partnership with Thomas Tuchel at the end of the season despite having a contract until 2025, the club said today.

Bayern have lost their last three games in all competitions and are eight points behind Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga table.

They also lost 0-1 at the hands of Lazio in the first 16th of the Champions League last week.

Tuchel took over in March 2023 from Julian Nagelsmann.

Despite leading his club to the Bundesliga title on the final matchday last season, they failed to repeat the form that saw the squad dominate German football over the past decade.

Ten Hag Thrilled By The Young Trio’s Performance

MANCHESTER, England: The image of Manchester United’s young trio – Rasmus Hojlund, Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo – celebrating their 3-0 win over West Ham United deservedly resonated on social media last night.

Erik ten Hag’s side surged past West Ham in sixth place in the Premier League with their biggest home league win of the season and the manager said seeing the trio in action and celebrating the win validated his hopes for them.

“You don’t believe me,” said Ten Hag, scolding journalists after the match.

“We bought players in the summer for the future. We made the choice to give players who deserve a chance in the squad, Garnacho and Mainoo. Hojlund is improving.

“We have an attack line that is a threat to every opponent and they have fun playing football. Three players celebrate together, it’s not about one player, it’s about the team, 11 defending, 11 attacking, it’s fun to watch that match.”

Garnacho, 19, scored twice, Hojlund scored on his 21st birthday and 18-year-old Mainoo was brilliant in midfield and Hojlund and Mainoo left the pitch to thunderous applause from the Old Trafford crowd.

Despite a difficult season that has raised questions about the stability of Ten Hag’s team, the Dutch manager stressed the team still has a lot of work to do.

They have 38 points after 23 matches, leaving them eight points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa who they visit next Sunday.

“I’m not telling you we’re there, where we want to be, but you see the potential,” Ten Hag said.

“(Young players) definitely need games, they need experience and the only way you can get that is to play in the first team.

“They have the right attitude and if you have the attitude to improve every day, I’m sure they can reach a high level but they need experienced players to help them and put them in the right position.”