Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has given his backing to Luis Enrique as the club’s next head coach, following the departure of Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel was sacked on Monday after a disappointing run of results that saw Chelsea slip to sixth in the Premier League and lose to Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final.
The German coach had been in charge for only 18 months, but failed to deliver the consistency and style of play that owner Roman Abramovich demanded.
Chelsea have reportedly identified former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique as their top target to replace Tuchel, and Azpilicueta believes he would be a good fit for the club.
“I know Luis Enrique very well from my time with the Spanish national team. He is a great coach who has a lot of experience and success at the highest level.
He knows how to play attractive and attacking football, and he also knows how to manage a big squad with many stars,” Azpilicueta told Sky Sports.
“He has a winning mentality and he is very demanding of himself and his players. He always wants to improve and he always wants to win. I think he would be a great choice for Chelsea.”
Azpilicueta, who has been at Chelsea since 2012, said he was sad to see Tuchel go, but he respected the decision of the club.
“I want to thank Thomas for everything he did for us. He helped us win the Champions League last season, which was an amazing achievement. He is a very good coach and a very good person. I wish him all the best for his future,” he said.
“But we have to respect the decision of the club. They always want what is best for Chelsea. We have to accept it and move on. We have a lot of important games ahead of us and we have to focus on them.”
The 32-year-old defender said he was ready to work with whoever comes in as the new head coach, and he urged his teammates to do the same.
“We have a very talented and professional group of players here. We have to stick together and show our character. We have to work hard and give our best for the club and the fans. We have to respect whoever comes in as the new head coach and try to adapt as quickly as possible,” he said.
“We have a lot of quality and we have a lot of ambition. We want to finish the season strongly and fight for every trophy we can. We are Chelsea and we always want to win.”
Final Thoughts: Azpilicueta Backs Luis Enrique as Next Chelsea Head Coach
The departure of Thomas Tuchel as Chelsea’s head coach has sparked speculation about who will replace him, and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has emerged as the top target.
In this news, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has given his seal of approval for Enrique as the club’s next head coach, citing his experience, success, attractive and attacking football, and winning mentality.
Azpilicueta’s endorsement of Enrique carries significant weight given his stature as Chelsea’s captain and his own success at the club.
He has played under several high-profile coaches, including Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Tuchel, and knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level. His positive remarks about Enrique suggest that the Spanish coach has the qualities that Chelsea needs to bounce back from a disappointing season.
Enrique’s track record speaks for itself. He won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies, and the Champions League with Barcelona, and he also guided Spain to the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup.
His brand of football is known for being attacking and entertaining, which would be a refreshing change from Tuchel’s more cautious approach. He has also shown that he can handle big egos and manage a squad with many stars, something that will be crucial at a club like Chelsea.
Of course, hiring a new head coach is never a guarantee of success. Enrique will face many challenges at Chelsea, including the pressure to deliver results quickly and the need to integrate new players into the squad.
However, Azpilicueta’s support for him suggests that the players will be receptive to his ideas and tactics, which is always a good sign.
In the end, Chelsea fans will be hoping that Enrique can bring the same level of success to Stamford Bridge that he did to Barcelona. If he can do that, then Azpilicueta’s endorsement of him will be seen as a pivotal moment in the club’s history.