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You needed to rest – Pochettino tells Chelsea midfielder

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino has said it was important that Enzo Fernandez took time to rest.

Fernandez joined Chelsea from Benfica for a British transfer record fee of £106.8 million in the winter transfer window.

The Argentine turned out as one of the bright stars of the struggling Chelsea side that finished 12th in the Premier League.

Speaking with The Guardian, Pochettino, who took over at Stamford Bridge on July 1, spoke about the Argentine midfielder.

While acknowledging the 2022 World Cup winner’s abilities, the manager also insisted on the need for rest and more communication.

“It was important now to rest a little bit because he was one year and a half playing, playing, playing. It was arriving from Argentina to Portugal, from Portugal to the World Cup and from World Cup to England and never stopped for one year and a half,” he said of his compatriot.

“He’s young and energetic but young players also need to rest and clean their minds and he arrived in Chelsea, not in the best circumstances.

“He is still young and needs to learn about the Premier League. Now he knows what it is to be a Chelsea player and knows London, and is communicating better and we are going to help in all these aspects,” he added.

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