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Sonia Bompastor: Who is new Chelsea boss?

Written by on May 29, 2024

At Lyon, Bompastor was known for her tactical flexibility and in-game adaptability, but has often favoured a 4-3-3 formation.

Her teams dominate possession through quick transitions, control the midfield and exploit the wide areas. Off the ball her teams are solid defensively, with a strong emphasis on pressing for turnovers.

“Tactically, they play really good football,” Laurens said.

“You can see the idea, the way they play nice football, the pass-and-move style she always wanted to implement.”

Bompastor has been privileged to work with one of, if not the best squad in Europe at Lyon and is no stranger to managing big personalities. She also has a track record of giving younger players a chance and integrating them within the senior team, something Hayes did aplenty at Chelsea.

Her style will be familiar to a number of Chelsea players, with Catarina Macario and Kadeisha Buchanan playing under the Frenchwoman at Lyon.

“She is always wanting more,” Laurens said. “Always wanting to win, always hungry, always quite demanding for success as well.

“She can be tough at times, but also she can be friendly. If you need her she is there. She has got so many qualities.”

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