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Moises Caicedo makes shock admission about Mauricio Pochettino & Chelsea struggles


Moises Caicedo has admitted he struggled to point out his greatest kind beneath Mauricio Pochettino due to the previous Chelsea supervisor’s give attention to health work.

A £115m signing from Brighton & Hove Albion, Caicedo struggled to regulate to his new residence initially however ultimately turned issues spherical and performed a key function in Chelsea’s rise again up the Premier League desk late within the season.

Chatting with Alfonso Laso, Caicedo opened up on the problems transitioning from life beneath Roberto De Zerbi at Brighton.

“With Pochettino, he was huge on health. That was not the case at Brighton,” he defined. “Once I arrived at Chelsea it was troublesome as a result of at Brighton it was all tactical, tactical, tactical, solely with the ball. At Chelsea, it was operating, so it was onerous for me, however then I tailored little by little.

“It wasn’t good for me as a result of the video games are intense. At Brighton, we nearly all the time had the ball, not often turned it over. At Chelsea, the soccer was completely different, so we needed to run extra.”

Moises Caicedo

Caicedo took some time to settle in / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages

Caicedo additionally confessed he struggled to cope with the psychological stress that got here together with his excessive price ticket, with criticism from his new followers additionally weighing heavy on his thoughts.

“Firstly, some followers attacked us a bit bit as a result of we weren’t doing nicely, any of the brand new signings, so that they attacked us,” he continued. “It was troublesome for me as a result of firstly I most popular enjoying away video games over residence video games, as a result of at residence, it felt like everybody was attacking me. However I all the time had the assist of Pochettino.

“In February, my agent employed somebody to assist me place myself higher. After I completed a sport, we all the time watched it again to see what I may enhance on. He additionally helped with my thoughts, how one can work beneath stress…

“I used to be extra conscious that I needed to do issues as a result of they paid some huge cash for me, I all the time should do issues proper. That bothered me. I could not focus, I could not present my degree, so my agent employed this new individual, and little by little I gained extra confidence and took extra dangers. He informed me it did not matter how a lot Chelsea paid for me as a result of they know what I’m value. From there, I started to loosen up a bit.”