Chelsea stars handed Enzo Maresca warning with next manager's ruthless mentality clear

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A former player of Enzo Maresca's explained you have to give 110 per cent if you want to be in his team.

Maresca is on the cusp of being appointed manager of Chelsea. The 44-year-old's coaching career began back in 2017 after he called time on his playing days in his native Italy.

An unsuccessful six-month stint in charge of then-Serie B side Parma was sandwiched by two spells at Manchester City, the first of which saw him lead their Under-23s to the Premier League 2 title in 2021.

Part of that team was Wolves midfielder Tommy Doyle, who opened up on the demands Maresca placed on them following their triumph. “If you take the foot off the gas and think you’ve cracked it, he’ll put you on the bench," Doyle said.

"Every player now in training or games has given 110 per cent because your spot isn’t guaranteed. I know we’ve got to go out and implement the new tactics but what Enzo’s told us to do and how the games have planned out is everything that he’s said."

The Blues squad therefore can't argue they haven't been forewarned about what to expect from him in the coming months. Maresca faces a challenging task taking the reins from Mauricio Pochettino, who was only just getting to grips with it before his departure at the end of the season.

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But it seems he has the mentality to match the challenge, with Doyle also touching on his former manager's will to win. He added: "I’ve been with the U23s for a few years and I’ve seen the different styles and coaches.

"It wasn’t based on winning, it was about playing nice football, which is nice but you want to win. Soon as Enzo came in he said ‘listen, we’re going to win this league'.

“When a coach says that, you start to believe as players. Sometimes when you want to win as a player and your coach is saying different things and not really focused on winning, you get off track. He came and said we want to win, it’s easier said than done but when you tell yourself that you have a very good chance with the ability we have as players."