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Graham Potter makes Chelsea vow following a disappointing Champions League draw

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 Graham Potter makes Chelsea vow following a disappointing Champions League draw

Graham Potter vowed that Chelsea will improve following Wednesday’s disheartening 1-1 tie with Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

The 47-year-old was named the new manager of the Premier League club less than a week after Thomas Tuchel was dismissed.

However, he was unable to get off to a winning start as the Blues were held to a 1-1 tie at Stamford Bridge.

Early in the second half, Raheem Sterling scored the opening goal, but Noah Okafor came off the substitute to score the equalizer late in the game.

Chelsea are presently in last place in Group E, with AC Milan and Dinamo Zagreb in first and second place, respectively, after accumulating just one point through two matches.

Despite the unfortunate outcome, Potter was happy with his team’s effort and swore that they will improve.

He told BT Sport: “We’re disappointed with the result. I thought the boys gave everything. 

“We scored a good goal, but lost a bit in the second half but their goalkeeper has made some good saves. 

“It is what it is, we have to dust ourselves down. Personality and application was good, we will get better. 

“We got Raheem in one-on-one situations quite often and the goal was a good result of that. 

“It’s always irritating when you concede a goal. Overall the defensive performance was quite good, it’s just the little details we will have to improve. 

“It has not been easy for the boys, they have responded to us really well over the last few days and it’s a point we will have to take and get better. 

“The attitude has been fantastic, no complaints apart from the fact we haven’t taken three points. We’ll get better.” 

Graham Potter is unquestionably a top-tier manager who performed admirably at Brighton & Hove Albion.

Despite limited resources, he led the Seagulls to a ninth-place finish in the Premier League table last season and a strong start to this season.

However, the English manager has no prior experience leading a major club like Chelsea.

The 47-year-old could be successful at Stamford Bridge, but he won’t likely have much time to turn things around. Because the recent past of this club implies that they do not provide ample time to their managers.

Thomas Tuchel led them to the Champions League title in the 2020-21 season, but as his team’s performance declined, he was fired without hesitation.

The Blues will now face Crystal Palace at the beginning of the next month before facing AC Milan in a challenging Champions League matchup.

Graham Potter makes Chelsea vow following a disappointing Champions League draw

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