Mikel Arteta and his team will play a match against Chelsea this weekend. The Blues are in bad shape this season, just like the previous one. However, Arteta has a great opinion of Chelsea, as well of Mauricio Pochettino. The Spaniard believes that Pochettino has done a great job in a short time.
‘It’s a big game, we know there’s a big history between the two clubs and the type of games we have played against them,’ Arteta said, as quoted by METRO! ‘It’s a very different one I think this season, I’ve been really impressed by Chelsea, I think they deserve much more than what they’ve got on the table.
I think what Mauricio has done in a very short time is phenomenal, we’re going to have to be at our best tomorrow.'
Mikel Arteta on Mauricio Pochettino
It is interesting that Pochettino and Arteta arrived at PSG together in 2001.
In addition, the two of them lived in the hotel for three months. Mikel emphasized that Pochettino had a huge influence on him. The Argentine was critical, but also ready to help. Pochettino has had a huge impact on Arteta's confidence.
‘First of all, obviously it was my first professional opportunity in Paris and we just arrived at the same time, we lived together in a hotel for three months,’ Arteta said. ‘He was critical, he’s been one of the most influential people in my football career.
First as a player, without him, he took me under his arm, looked after me like a little brother, a big part of the success I had in Paris was because of him, because he really looked after me, gave me a lot of confidence, a lot of advice, and he’s been a role model for me since that day.
Not only when I was a player but a manager as well, because we have to make the decision to leave playing and start my coaching career, he had a big say on that and I will always be grateful to what he’s done for me.’