Graham Potter: Challenge of managing Chelsea ‘too big to turn down’

Chelsea manager Graham Potter
Potter has signed a five-12 months deal with Chelsea

Graham Potter has explained the problem of becoming Chelsea manager was “far too massive to switch down”.

His very first match in demand will be a house Champions League group video game in opposition to Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday.

“You have to glimpse at the tradition, the high-quality, size and ambition of the club right here,” said Potter, who signed a 5-calendar year deal with the Blues.

“It really is a absolutely different problem from the one particular I experienced at Brighton.

“I experienced 3 great yrs there, but I’m quite grateful to the proprietors in this article for putting their rely on in me.”

He added: “My major career is to assistance the fellas that are here, support them improve and set a staff on the pitch that the supporters are happy of.

“We want to develop our own group, our own id so that it can be recognisable. We’ll fight every single day for it.”

Chelsea sacked Tuchel the working day following defeat by Dinamo Zagreb in their opening Champions League team recreation, and encounter a Purple Bull Salzburg aspect who drew with AC Milan in their very first Group E match.

Asked if he experienced ever attended a Champions League match, Potter mentioned: “Off the top of my head, I really don’t imagine I have – but it is a fantastic time for me to get into the dugout.

“My activities in the Champions League are just at supporter stage.

“But clearly I’ve expert the Europa League with Ostersund, winning at Galatasaray and having by means of the team phase.

“Anywhere we would start it would be a heck of an introduction, anywhere we start off it really is going to be excellent, so why not start off here?”

Potter was appointed a working day soon after the departure of Tuchel and on the very same day as the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II was introduced.

Soccer paused very last weekend as a mark of regard following the Queen’s death, that means Chelsea’s match towards Fulham was postponed.

The home match versus Purple Bull Salzburg is having place, but the Premier League match towards Liverpool on Sunday has also been called off “because of to occasions bordering the Queen’s funeral” on Monday, 19 September.

The intercontinental split comes right after this weekend’s online games, meaning Potter’s 1st top-flight match will be at Crystal Palace on Saturday, 1 October.

“We speedily had to make a choice,” explained Potter about his appointment. “There were a great deal of talks and it was pretty extreme.

“I acquired a pleasant experience for the entrepreneurs on a human stage. They are great persons. Pretty intelligent persons with an comprehension of what they want to achieve.

“They have considered in the extensive expression, they have a system so that was exciting.

“The obstacle was far too massive to switch down. It felt right for me.

“I’ll normally be respectful and thankful for Brighton & Hove Albion, but this is an amazing football club and an amazing problem for us.”

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