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World Cup winner confesses he ‘wanted to kill’ Chelsea manager Graham Potter amid £50m transfer

World Cup winner confesses he ‘wanted to kill’ Chelsea manager Graham Potter amid £50m transfer

Graham Potter’s tactics at Brighton did not sit well with a new World Cup champion, but the ensuing transition benefited all sides. 

The Chelsea boss has already demonstrated his unique approach at Stamford Bridge by making positional adjustments, but results slipped before the World Cup break.

With the Blues returning to action next week, Potter’s techniques will once again be scrutinized, but for him, the proof is in the pudding as one of his Seagulls’ prodigies went on to win the most prestigious football competition.

Alexis Mac Allister’s participation in the World Cup final was a huge accomplishment in and of itself, but garnering universal acclaim for his assist is a different story. He was chosen to be the next man to wear the renowned No. 10 shirt.

The fact that he has scored five Premier League goals this season has made him a household name among English fans, which was not the case when he signed.

Mac Allister arrived from Boca Juniors in Argentina in 2019, as is common with Brighton’s established recruitment system. 

Unknown attacking midfielder, he was one of Potter’s initial south coast recruits. As a result of his improving performances, Brighton’s World Cup champion has received more accolades, although he was not always a fan of Potter.

Earlier this year, he stated,  “I wanted to kill him… but that’s part of football. He was very helpful — improving my versatility and physicality. I’m a much better player today because of it so I can thank him a lot.”

Mac Allister’s stature at the Amex has increased as a result of Potter’s management, as he was shifted further into a playmaking role, similar to the metamorphosis Pascal Gross underwent as well.

“I like to play as a No 10, I like to play as a No 6,” he added at the time. “The most important thing for me is to help my team-mates, win football games and try to be as central as I can so I can be as close to the ball to get on it as much as possible.”

Fortunately for Brighton, Mac Allister renewed his contract until 2025 prior to the World Cup. Chelsea, with Potter in charge and ex-Seagulls recruitment director Paul Winstanley still in the background, could have been among the clubs contemplating a bid for the 23-year-old following the tournament.

This is now improbable due to his contract, although the Blues are still considering a move for his teammate Moises Caicedo. 

Also a midfielder for Roberto De Zerbi, the Ecuadorian is viewed as a fantastic replacement for N’Golo Kante in 2023, and Chelsea are eager to grab his talents despite his rumored £50 million price tag.

The improvement of Mac Allister as an individual under Potter and within a larger system bodes well for Chelsea supporters who have been skeptical of their new manager’s credentials and caliber.

World Cup winner confesses he ‘wanted to kill’ Chelsea manager Graham Potter amid £50m transfer

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