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I worked with Pep Guardiola but do not expect Man City 2.0 if I become Chelsea manager

Leicester City manager Enzo Maresca
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Chelsea are currently considering their options as they look to find the perfect replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.

Towards the end of his tenure at Stamford Bridge, Pochettino managed to gel the vast influx of new players into a team which could battle at the top of the Premier League. Seven wins in the last ten matches of the season shows this squad is capable of producing for whoever the next manager is and one name appears to be standing above the rest.

Leicester City's Enzo Maresca led the Foxes to an incredible lead at the top of the Championship only for it to disintegrate heading into the final stages of the campaign. Eventually, the East Midlands club managed to regroup sufficiently to win the second-tier title and return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Now, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Maresca is the frontrunner to take on the managerial vacancy at Chelsea. When looking at his CV, what will stand out is his work alongside Pep Guardiola at Manchester City where he was the Catalonian's assistant during the Treble winning season.

But by his own account before managing a single game at the King Power Stadium, Chelsea should not expect Maresca to bring a City 2.0 style to London - he is his own man. "I've been lucky, I've worked under [Carlo] Ancelotti, [Marcelo] Lippi, Manuel Pellegrini, all fantastic managers, but in terms of understanding the game, Pep has 100 per cent had an impact on me," he explained to Sky Sports.

"It helps a lot having worked with the kinds of people [I have worked with]. You learn things and at the end you create your own idea as a manager and as a person.

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"It's just something gradual. The first idea was probably born when I faced Pep Guardiola's Barcelona team as a player, that was the first time I realised something different happened and I was curious to understand, so I started analysing games and from there taking things from different managers.

"In the end, you create your own idea." It would be concerning if any manager who had worked under the greats which Maresca has, had not picked up a thing or two along the way.

But what should excite Chelsea fans is that Maresca will not look to simply copy and paste from the 'Guardiola Playbook'. Instead, he will look to forge a new approach based on several different styles which could be greatly beneficial for the Blues.