Advertisement

I've played for Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino but Chelsea's incoming boss is the best

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino pictured together in 2018
-Credit: (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)


Leicester City talisman Harry Winks has claimed Enzo Maresca is the best manager he's played for - ahead of Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino.

The ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is returning to the Premier League next season after winning the Championship with the Foxes but will do so without Maresca, who appears to be edging closer to becoming the new manager of Chelsea.

Having enjoyed a stormer of a season with the Italian, Winks, 28, certainly holds him in high regard. He has even claimed he is the best manager he's ever played for, despite his experience of Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.

"By far the best manager I’ve worked for, he’s incredible," the former England international told Sky Sports. "I think everyone will say he’s going right to the top, he’s got everything.

"He’s a great man manager, he’s tactically incredible, some of the decisions he tells us to do before the game and how you view the matches and it’s something that I’ve never experienced before in football. It’s opened my eyes a lot to football and the way it’s played, that kind of Pep Guardiola style as well, who he worked with for a very long time.

"I’m loving my football, it works perfectly for me, it’s exactly the kind of football that I want to play and I buy into and since he’s come in I’ve learned so much and will continue to do that."

READ MORE: We simulated Enzo Maresca's first season as Chelsea manager and this is what happened

READ MORE: The four Chelsea players set to benefit most from Enzo Maresca appointment as deal edges closer

Maresca first cut his teeth in the managerial game working with Manchester City's Elite Development Squad, before a brief seven-month reign as Parma boss which resulted in his sacking in November 2021. He joined Leicester last summer after spending a season as Guardiola's assistant coach at City where he played a part in their historic Treble triumph.

Enzo Maresca celebrates with Harry Winks after the Sky Bet Championship match between Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday.
Harry Winks has been a mainstay for Enzo Maresca at Leicester City this season -Credit:Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Winks said that his "eyes have been opened" to football under Maresca while adding: "It’s opened my eyes a lot to football and the way it’s played, that kind of Pep Guardiola style as well, who he worked with for a very long time.

I"’m loving my football, it works perfectly for me, it’s exactly the kind of football that I want to play and I buy into and since he’s come in I’ve learned so much and will continue to do that."