Why Paul Pogba is a better Chelsea manager than Mourinho

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It's a bold statement, but let me phrase it another way - Paul Pogba knows exactly what is wrong with Chelsea and how to fix it.

The Juventus and France star was spotted playing Football Manager during a plane journey between World Cup stadiums in Brazil, and a snapshot of his Chelsea team shows he knows what he's doing.

There's something reassuringly normal about Pogba assigning his virtual scouts to scour the Maltese first division, searching for that next com-gem wonder-kid, all while caught up in the bizarre bubble of the World Cup.

Forget the Dr Dre beats, the Louis Vuitton wash-bag, get your over-sized laptop out and take Wycombe Wanders from the basement to the Bernabeu.

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As someone who's wasted far too much time (and still do) playing the manager sim, I feel an affinity with the Juve star now. I bet he's suffered the same heartbreak, the ups and downs, the joy that comes with talking an agent into accepting £65,000-a-week rather than £68,000, the despair when your key man slaps in a transfer request. We're heading in the right direction, Adam, just one more year...

We like to imagine Pogba has spent the best part of 30 minutes planning his set-pieces for this match against Arsenal, tinkering with the sliders, assigning Hazard the inside forward position, perhaps drafting in Didier Deschamps for a bit of real-world know-how too.

So, Chelsea fans, what would Pogba bring to Stamford Bridge?


And there's your first move. Chelsea should have kept Frank Lampard in the squad, there was no reason not to. The club legend was allowed to leave for free, but with David Luiz gone and John Obi Mikel unfancied, there's a dearth of options to play alongside Nemanja Matic.

He would not have been able to play every match, but you won't find many better late-game substitute options than Lampard. And, as a bonus, he kept two-time club player of the year Juan Mata. Pogba, I'm beginning to like your style.


Goes without saying really, if you could, you would (FM editor cheating excluded). And as mentioned, Chelsea need another central midfielder to compete for a Premier League title next season.

Cesc Fabregas is a fine acquisition, but Mourinho plays with two holding midfielders, and Fabregas is clearly not one of those. Matic needs a partner, and Pogba would have been perfect.

Not forgetting Chelsea have a rich history of player-managers - Ruud Gullit anyone?


The Spaniard was brilliant for large parts of last season, but his place looks under threat next season with Mourinho ready to sign Felipe Luis.

Pogba still signs a left-back, with Ashley Cole gone it's a necessity, and he chooses a good one in Kwadwo Asamoah, his current Juventus teammate.

That allows him to shift Branislav Ivanovic inside, where the Serbian battler wants to play, playing Azpilicueta in his favoured right-back position.

And he's even got Giorgio Chillieni on the bench! Pogba, the new Special One!


Forget Diego Costa. Yes he's good. Yes, OK, he's very good. But Jese! Come on, it's the more attractive option. Definitely the more adventurous option.

Last season was the first time Costa scored more than 10 league goals in a single campaign. That's not to say he'll flop, but he's no sure thing. We're clutching at straws here, but humour us please.

Jese, 21, is the much younger and more exciting option. He bagged eight goals and provided six assists before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and can play in any of the four attacking positions Chelsea's formation dictates.

I mean, seriously, who would you rather - Costa or the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo'?


It wouldn't be Football Manager without a couple of classic FM gems in the squad, and Pogba gets Ever Banega on board here. The Argentinian has been a must-buy on just about ever FM from 2007 through to 2012.

Matteo Di Sciglio is one from the newer versions of the game, and AC Milan full-back is a talented boy. But he doesn't top Banega, perhaps the only thing that could would be if Pogba signed Anthony Vanden Borre. There's a proper FM player.

So Mourinho, you've seen the plan - that's how you win the Premier League. After all, Football Manager is real life and don't let anyone tell you different.

There's only one more thing that needs to be said - Paul, fancy a network game? I fancy my Saints team could give your Blues a run for their money.

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