Mauricio Pochettino says the progress of his Chelsea team should not be compared to Thomas Tuchel and the German's impact upon joining the club in 2021.
Pochettino was named as Graham Potter's permanent successor during the summer and enjoyed a busy transfer window as Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, Christopher Nkunku and Cole Palmer among others joined in a total outlay close to £300m.
However, the former Spurs boss has only overseen two wins so far — one coming in the Carabao Cup — ahead of Sunday's clash with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
When Tuchel succeeded Frank Lampard, the current Bayern Munich boss fixed their defence and led them to a second Champions League title with victory over Manchester City in the final in Porto.
Pochettino claimed pre-match that no similarities should be drawn between the two coaches or their Blues squads as Tuchel was already working with an established squad filled with experience. The average age of Chelsea's squad was 23.7 years at the start of the 2023/24 season, the lowest of any Premier League club.
«Thomas arrived in a different project,» Pochettino said. «A project that was already built. As we arrived in a project where the principle guide was changing. That is why it is different. We all think the same, with different ideas, and different philosophies, the spine is important. All of the positions are important.
»Keeper solid, stable, centre-back, midfielder and striker. I remember my father or grandfather always said the same thing. That is not going to change in the future. Like all coaches, you have key positions, solid players with experience, individual experience, also experience in the environment you are going to compete.
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