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Name Gus Poyet
Gender Male
Ethnic Uruguayan
Job Uruguayan Footballer
  Uruguayan Football Coach
Desc Before the riches of Roman Abramovich flooded into Chelsea, an eclectic band of footballers had already been assembled and Gus Poyet was one of their notable free transfer successes. The Uruguayan midfielder was part of the Blues team which won the UEFA Cup Winners Cup in 1998 and the FA Cup in 2000, earning a special place in the hearts of fans with his goalscoring prowess from midfield

Affiliation

Org Uruguay National Team
Club as Coach Sunderland
Club as Player Chelsea FC
  Real Zaragoza

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Some remember Roy for the bad things he did, but he was so influential. Wow. Manchester United were a totally different team without him

2016 02 14 Retrieve

[On Gianfranco Zola] The best I ever played with, no doubt. I used to marvel at him in training each day. Gianfranco made you a better player: he knew what I was going to do before I’d even thought of it

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] The Rock’ was amazing. He was a nutcase, a winner and he came from a brilliant Milan side with a winning mentality, which we appreciated at Chelsea

2016 02 17 Retrieve

[Quotes on Marcel Desailly] The Rock’ was amazing. He was a nutcase, a winner and he came from a brilliant Milan side with a winning mentality, which we appreciated at Chelsea

2016 09 14 Retrieve

[Quotes on Luis Suarez] Luis left Uruguay and moved to Dutch football, which has certain significance at a world-wide level, but his move to Liverpool put him on a higher level than many. Today he is playing a part in one of the most important trios in football history. That makes him very special. In England, he did good things in his first year, but his second year, he was unique

2016 10 28 Retrieve

[Quote on Ruud Gullit the manager] A relaxed, open and easygoing person who liked beautiful football. He always gave others confidence to perform well

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Gus Poyet sings the praises of Chelsea and France midfielder N’Golo Kante] He’s easily the best central midfielder in the world. Easily. He would play in a World XI, no doubt. I know there are players like Casemiro, Sergio Busquets but he’s better than them. He knows the game, when to stay, when to run and how to run well. He reads it so well he knows what is going to happen before he gets there. That way he controls it with his incredible power and finesse. Normally players like that aren’t as good on the ball as Kante is. It’s incredible that he went to Leicester and nobody saw him until they won the league! You do what you do, managers do what they do but how didn’t any scouts see him?

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Chelsea are still not getting the best of Kante because he is out of position] In very important games Lampard went with Kante, Jorginho and Kovacic until the last month with injuries. Those are the three most experienced players who played under Sarri but now they play with more freedom, especially in Jorginho having more possibilities to move around to go sideways and forward. Last year, he was very static. There are plenty of options.

In Kante’s first year, he came to Chelsea and I made it public that he is the best central midfielder in the world. After a previous season as a number eight in that different position, we lost how important and unique he was as a player. I hope he can get back to that. In his best position, he is unique and there’s not many players that can give you what he can do right now

I think that it was important for the club to see him before the end of the season. He showed how mature he is especially in possession. Again, it isn’t a matter of performing once or twice but every month, season through season.

We should be happy to see him and hope he keeps developing his game slowly to become a better player because it is early doors. I really enjoyed watching him and he could be an interesting player for the future. I prefer to make sure people take time with him and not go the other way.

I was at Stamford Bridge a long time ago when a young Josh McEachran was making the team at 17. The whole stadium were talking about him after that game. People were saying he was the next [Fernando] Redondo or [Pep] Guardiola.

Unfortunately it didn’t work out like that despite a great football career in the Championship. The idea to know is that it is difficult and [to know] how to progress in the next few months and years

[Poyet assesses Lampard’s first season in charge of Chelsea as broadly a success but that defeat against the German champions serves as a wake-up call] They started very well. I thought it was a good surprise because of the changes the team had with young players coming in the team to play week in week out. It get them extra enthusiasm because they were waiting for the opportunity for a long, long time

It gave a boost to all those young players because they spent so much time on loan without the chance to play for the first-team. These are the ones who proved they were good enough to play. They were given an extra bit of adrenaline.

We know as experienced people in football that the energy will drop. It is impossible to maintain it, especially for a young player. Then, when the team had a bad spell that was expected rather than planned. You have to be realistic to know it will happen.

Everyone started being too critical about the team. They are in a good place right now. In saying that, it is a normal season of good moments but then wake up call especially in the Champions League

2020 05 09 Retrieve

[Gustavo Poyet thinks it was bizarre for Chelsea to make no January signings and then announce a deal for Hakim Ziyech days later] A very good player, very interesting player. I didn’t understand – and I’m not criticising anyone – why Chelsea, after all that went on in the summer, not being able to sign players, get to January with the possibility of signing players, they didn’t, and then three days later, four days later, they announce they sign a player for next year. It’s not normal, okay?

I’m not saying it’s bad, but I lost it a little bit because you complain a lot about not being able to buy, then you have the chance to buy and you don’t, and then when the transfer window is closed you announce that you bought one. Leaving that aside, I think they got the quality of a player the fans will enjoy watching. Plenty of skill, technically gifted, can score goals, and he can produce things for the team

2020 05 09b Retrieve

[Gustavo Poyet says Bringing Frank Lampard and Jody Morris back to Chelsea was the perfect decision to boost the club’s youth development] You can get one player every year getting through into the first team [from the academy] but there was always someone coming from somewhere else. A player needed to perform tomorrow. There is a different way of working and I’m convinced there is no right or wrong. Every club, with different people in charge, has a different way of working. At Chelsea, for many years, it was, ‘We want players to jump on the pitch and that day they will perform’ - because of the transfer ban, it was something that needed to be changed. This generation of young players have the chance for the first time in many, many, many, many years to take the opportunity of playing for the first team at a young age. The main thing was the big, strong and perfect decision of the club to bring Frank Lampard back and have the support of the fans. And his assistant, many people don’t talk about, Jody Morris, who has been the coach of these kids before he went to Derby County with Frank Lampard. That connection of knowing the coach and having the fear as a Chelsea player of having someone like Frank Lampard in front of you, and having the chance to prove that the kids are good enough to play for Chelsea, I think was perfect.

They were trying to finish the season in a good way and finish in the Champions League [places], which would be a great achievement. People take it for granted, because of your name. But like I said before, we depend on the players. We’ve got young players and normally to win trophies with young players is very, very difficult, not impossible, but more difficult than with players who are of a certain age. So, having the chance to be in European competition next year would be a massive achievement for Chelsea. These kids are going to be able to go to another level because the more you play against big, big opposition, the better you become. You’re out if you’re not good enough and you improve very quickly

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Gustavo Poyet says Jose Mourinho will bring silverware to Tottenham and justify the club’s decision to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino] It’s difficult to say if it was right or wrong [to sack Pochettino] because you don’t know what the board was thinking. From outside, it looks like, okay, they were through a spectacular five years with Pochettino, who did incredible things and the way he made that team play football and the way he was able to keep the momentum and get into a Champions League final in an incredible year, with incredible games. But they decided to change that and go more for a manager [Mourinho] who looks to win things, which is what the Tottenham fans were looking for. Now, if it was right or wrong, time will tell. What I say in the time he did the job is, if you give him three years at the club, I will be surprised if he doesn’t win a trophy. I will be very surprised. Maybe he’s unlucky and next year we don’t have the League Cup and there will be one trophy less to play for, but he knows how to get players to play for important games. Cup competitions, on the day, it’s totally different. I was lucky in certain times to win trophies, but always in cup competitions. I was part of teams, like Chelsea, where we were very good on the day. ‘It’s today, or nothing tomorrow’. And that day, I was lucky to participate in teams that were able to win those games

2020 06 21 Retrieve

[Gus Poyet says Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham can definitely play together for Chelsea] They can definitely play together because he’s been playing, in his team, with the big fella upfront. So, it’s not new for him. It’s just a matter of the system you play and how you prefer to play. I think it’s options. For any manager to have different options is very important. I think Tammy has done very well and I hope he finishes the season in the same way because that’s the best way to give somebody a decision to make. You’ve done your best and then it’s down to Frank Lampard to pick

It’s always very difficult to get one of the top strikers in Europe, especially if you’re the club buying, because there’s too many people who are trying to look for the same type of players. I’m pleased that he’s coming to Chelsea. I’m pleased that he will give options to Frank Lampard, especially in front of goal which is the most important and normally the most expensive one. He’s very good at running into space and quick. I’m not saying really fast, but he’s quick, pacy and he can go in [behind] one vs one. He’s intelligent. I think he enjoys it more when he plays as the main striker, but also he’s been playing at lot coming in off the left when you play three up front. I think there are good options for Chelsea next season.

This is the dream for the coach. Before you even start training for next season, you’ve got players through the door already. This is acting quickly and not letting anyone get involved and deciding which players are your first choice because that’s something that is very difficult in England. When you talk about big teams in England, like the top four and top five, most of the time when they’re looking for a specific player, that player can be the same one. Then he becomes very expensive or you start looking for other options because you don’t think you’re going to get him. In this case, there was no time for anyone as ‘Bang’ Chelsea. [They made the] first decision and see you later. That’s something that is very welcome from the point of view of the staff and everyone around Chelsea.

2020 06 23 Retrieve

[Gus Poyet says Billy Gilmour is at the dream club to further his development] I had the chance to know him the other day through a sponsored thing with Chelsea. He loves the game. He’s got people in front of him that he can learn from. There are spectacular midfielders at Chelsea, people who have played at the highest level; players who have won the World Cup in [N’Golo] Kante, and players who have played for Real Madrid in [Mateo] Kovacic. So, there are plenty of things he can learn.

On top of that he’s got a manager who was an outstanding midfielder – okay maybe a bit more offensive – but also an assistant manager who played in exactly the same position in Jody Morris. It’s like the dream club for Gilmour right now, because if he really looks around and pays attention and listens, which is what I see him doing, the ability is in him [to go far]. Depending on how quickly he gets all that, he’s going to be an important part of the club. I’m looking forward to seeing him play in the next few games. Obviously he’s fighting for that place with very good players and it’s not like he needs to be in, because the other ones are very well recognised players. But in this period of many games, for sure, he’s going to have a chance

I think it was a great decision by the club [to bring in Lampard]. I think Chelsea were very clever in that situation to bring in a coach or manager like Frank Lampard, because it seems different to the previous 20-25 years [in terms] of looking more about bringing the kids [through] rather than buying players. This was a great opportunity for them, with a person in charge who knows the club and who has been working with some of the younger players and with Jody Morris as an assistant, who was coach of these players for many years in the academy. On the whole, I think the combination was very good. It’s been tough, because you know it’s going to be difficult. I’m sure if he keeps progressing and keeps adding, which Chelsea look like they are doing, I think he’s going to get better and better