Mauricio Pochettino's managerial career has prepared him for taking over at Chelsea. The work with a tight-knit but dysfunctional group at Espanyol to start, the surprise of moving to Southampton and then embedding himself into London, the top four fight in the Premier League at Tottenham and the attention that comes with it.
Then there's Paris Saint-Germain. An experience like no other but perhaps also a simulation of the craziness that he needs to survive at Chelsea. The Blues are closer to the French giants in terms of expectation and spending than they are to Spurs and Pochettino has been aware of the importance of learning along the way.
It is hard, though, as a manager to be prepared for the week that comes ahead. By the time Pochettino sits down to speak to the press on Friday ahead of the return of domestic football it will have been a week and around 45 minutes since it was revealed that Everton were being punished by the Premier League for breaching profit and sustainability rules.
As a manager of a team that is required to face the Toffees twice this season still it will be undoubtedly put to him just what this sanction means, whether it is right, wrong, fair, unfair, justified, unjustified and the rest. The Argentine will have his moral compass pressed and evaluated by his answers.
Luckily for Pochettino and Chelsea there will have been seven days to prepare for this event. By the media's general attention to this subject, though, it won't have died down. Everton's punishment is the talk of the international break, because everyone knows the football really isn't, and it is only natural to grill those without inner knowledge of the situation about the situation.
Pochettino, as well, is in a peculiar position. HeRead on football.london