From Pochettino to Enzo Maresca; Gallagher reveals what he thinks about both managers

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Conor Gallagher was a key player for Chelsea under Mauricio Pochettino.

It was under Pochettino that Gallagher rose up to his current heights, as he wasn’t really a key player under Thomas Tuchel and previous bosses.

Conor Gallagher has grown in maturity and performance, and he gives ‘a lot of credit’ to former boss Mauricio Pochettino, following a season where he was ever-present for Chelsea.

He said: “I think I’ve come a long way this season. I give a lot of credit to Pochettino and for what he’s done for me.

“He gave me responsibility and trust at Chelsea and, I think like I said, it puts me in a better position to be a bigger part of the squad for this tournament. I’m going to do everything I can to help the team as much as possible.”

Gallagher also admitted that he’s looking forward to working with new boss Enzo Maresca.

Asked how he felt about Pochettino’s exit, Gallagher said: “He’s done so much for me so I was sad for him and sad for the coaching staff.

“But I’m really excited about the new manager coming in and myself and everyone at Chelsea are really excited to work with him.”

When asked how Pochettino improved him as a player, Gallagher said: “Yeah, he just showed his belief and trust in me which is what all a player wants, to be honest.

“If a manager shows you a bit of love it makes you play better, long story short, it gives you confidence and that’s what he gave me.”