Pochettino coaching key to new Chelsea contract – Colwill


Levi Colwill has said Mauricio Pochettino’s coaching “guarantees” improvement in his game because the Chelsea manager is willing to “give me that kick up the bum” he needs.

The 20-year-old resisted interest from Brighton — where he spent last season on loan — to sign a new long-term deal to stay at Stamford Bridge, where he has made a fine start to the campaign.

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After forming a key part of England’s successful European Under-21 Championship side this summer, Colwill started all five games under Pochettino and earned his first senior call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad for this month’s games against Ukraine and Scotland.

Colwill said of Pochettino: “Just working with him in general, I know I’m going to improve. I can guarantee that. He’s such a good manager and he will push me, he won’t let me have any off days, that’s what I need.

“Someone like me, if someone lets me go to sleep I might just have a good day or a bad day. I need someone there to give me that kick up bum and say ‘keep going’. That’s what he does.

“[Before signing a new contract], I just spoke to him and he gave me the confidence that if I came in and trained well then you would get the chance to play.

“I’m not a player who is going to demand that I have to play, that isn’t me. I wasn’t brought up like that. I just wanted to know that if I got the chance to earn my spot and keep it.”

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