‘Guardiola factor’ reason why Italian is heading to Chelsea

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Leicester title winner Andy King believes CHELSEA have been attracted to making Enzo Maresca their new head coach because of the Pep Guardiola factor.

The board have been linked to alot of bosses over the past few days as they seek for a replacement for the now departed Mauricio Pochettino – who left the club just after one season at Stamford Bridge.

but we are reportedly in advanced talks to appoint Leicester boss Maresca, the 44-year-old Italian who until last summer was Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.

Maresca has since guided the Foxes back into the Premier League at the first attempt following relegation 12 months ago, with the style of football also impressing the Chelsea hierarchy, who are seeking a successor to Mauricio Pochettino

Now – ahead of his imminent arrival at the club – King believes the club have been attracted to making Maresca their new head coach because of the Pep Guardiola factor

“I played against Leicester twice this season (for Bristol City) and the way the team was set up was exactly the same as Pep,” King said.

“Why wouldn’t you when someone has just won four Premier Leagues in a row? To have that detail and knowledge and be learning from someone like Pep on a daily basis, why would you not take the best bits of that?

“I’m sure he’s added his own things, but to be able to have first-hand access to Pep Guardiola and seeing how he works is important.

“That was very clear in the way he set his team up and the way he played.”

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