Chelsea’s manager Graham Potter aims to bring positive energy to the team and he will do everything in his power to make sure they win. The new manager has brought some changes to the team, but they have been working hard, acting professionally and responsibly. They have some very good players and are working hard for each other. Despite this, they are disappointed and frustrated that results have not gone the way they’d hoped. The team returned to action this week after a weekend break.
Graham Potter’s first game as Chelsea manager
Graham Potter led his first training session as Chelsea manager on Thursday, with the Blues preparing for a Champions League game against Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday. The decision to make Potter their new manager was made after he emerged as the No. 1 target for the role. It is believed that the club had advanced talks with Potter on Wednesday night and have since granted him permission to speak to the media.
The game against Salzburg ended 1-1, and Potter was quick to praise the players, who played well against him. Despite this result, the club still faces a tough task in advancing from the group. Chelsea was ahead at half-time through Raheem Sterling, but Salzburg equalized in the 75th minute through Noah Okafor.
Thomas Tuchel’s management style
After a difficult week, new manager Graham Potter is backing Chelsea’s players, and the players are grateful. Chelsea has struggled for goals this season and has had to make changes in defense after losing Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger. With Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana starting at center-back, the Blues have been forced to rely on a more defensive-minded approach. Potter used a system similar to that of his predecessor, who preferred a five-man defense.
The club’s performance against Dinamo Zagreb will be welcomed by Chelsea fans, who will be enthused with the improved effort. The change in tactic could solve the club’s Achilles heel. However, some fans are unsure about the new manager’s background. Prior to joining Chelsea, Potter managed Ostersunds and only reached the group stage of the Europa League with the Swedish side. Failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition would be a huge blow for the Blues.
Keeping Ben Chilwell happy
Chelsea fans will be glad to see their players back in action after a difficult week. The Blues have failed to win their first two Champions League games and currently sit bottom of Group E. This week they play Milan in a doubleheader. This is a huge opportunity for the club to show their class and get back on track.
Potter was a successful manager at Brighton, but now faces the challenge of convincing the established Chelsea players to adopt his high-intensity system. This is a difficult task as it requires tremendous work ethic and defensive commitment. However, it is clear that he is determined to do so and will work to get his players on board.
Marc Cucurella’s arrival at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have completed the signing of Italian defender Marc Cucurella from Brighton. The 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge. Cucurella’s arrival follows the arrivals of Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly this summer. There are still a few positions to fill, with the club in need of a striker and centre-back. Cucurella has previously been linked with Manchester City, but Pep Guardiola wasn’t willing to shell out the PS4m he was looking to spend. Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Todd Boehly has plenty of money to spend.
Although Cucurella has not scored any goals this season, his defensive contribution has been impressive. He has made nine interceptions and has a combined tally of 17 tackles in his last five matches. Despite his lack of offensive production, Cucurella remains a fantasy stud.
Stuart Pearce’s future at Chelsea
Chelsea’s interest in the forward may have some reason. He’s won 78 caps for his country and has twice won the League Cup with his former club Nottingham Forest. He’s also played at three major championships, including the 1990 FIFA World Cup final and the UEFA Euro 92 and 96 finals. The former West Ham midfielder spent two years in the Premier League with the club and won the Hammer of the Year award at the age of 39. During his time at the club, Pearce made 50 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions.
Before joining Chelsea, Pearce worked as an assistant coach to Peter Taylor at Manchester City. When Keegan left the club, Pearce took over as caretaker manager. After a good run, the club gave Pearce a permanent job. However, Pearce’s side missed out on the chance to qualify for the Champions League in 2006 after drawing their final match against Middlesbrough.