Graham Potter has hailed Chelsea’s new ownership’s vision for the club following his appointment as Blues manager.
The former Brighton manager signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge last week and conducted an interview at the club’s training ground on his first day on the job.
Here’s what he had to say.
“It’s the start of a really exciting period, I think. New ownership, who I was really excited with and impressed by firstly as people and then for the vision of the club and what they wanted to do. Of course the history of the club speaks for itself, but it’s about trying to create that again, in our own way.”
“My career, I suppose, has gone forward and I had a great time in Sweden and came back to the UK and had fantastic experiences. It’s just nice to be able to take the next step and to be able to work with an exciting group of players that we have here and compete at the top, you know, try and create a winning team and that’s a fantastic opportunity for me.
“It’s an amazing history, fantastic tradition, a historic football club. I mean, growing up with the fantastic teams of Chelsea, of the modern era. You only have to walk around the place here [training facilities] and you see the pictures, you see the trophies, the see the names – it’s incredible. It’s a huge honour, like I said, for me to be part of that now.”
“It’s about creating a team that competes, that has respect for each other, that is honest, that works together so it’s a combination of, I would say, football and human values that we try to work with.
“I think that you have to understand that they’re human beings first, and the key thing is to try and understand them, understand what motivates them and understand what they’re like as people and then, from that, try to come to some sort of common ground, try to build relationships, to try to communicate effectively on a daily basis and build respect, trust and honesty. My starting point would always be the person first.”
“It’s one of those places that fills you with an incredible excitement when you come as an away team. The crowd are always very, very passionate, they’re always getting behind the home side, it’s a really, really tough place to play so I’m looking forward to being on the other end of that and getting that support with the team because it’s amazing, the atmosphere’s fantastic and it’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
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