Chelsea manager Graham Potter was at his best during a club event on Thursday night, quipped that the players would go all out to “try to win the Champions League!”
The former Brighton boss has been under relentless pressure after an indifferent run of results since his appointment in September, although the club appear to have turned the corner in recent weeks.
The victory over Leeds United and Leicester City in the English Premier League led to a morale 2-1 victory on aggregate over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, which settled the Blues’ place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Potter will lead his side against struggling Everton on Saturday, where the three points could help close the gap between the two sides Premier Leaguetop six, and they could be celebrating four straight wins by the time the final whistle blows at Stamford Bridge.
As well as criticizing on-field performances, the 47-year-old’s demeanor and personality in recent months have also been called into question – with some feeling Potter is too bland in his approach. But Thursday’s event showed the lighter side of his personality.
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In fact, at a club event, Potter said, “First, thank you [to the club’s fans] Because they were incredibly fair to us. They stuck with the team, and the support we got was amazing.
“We’ll need them on Saturday, we’ll try to beat Everton. Then we’ll take the draw [for the quarter-final]then we will try to win the game ****** Champions League! “
Also present was captain Cesar Azpilicueta, who showed his confidence by saying: “Whatever we take. I think other teams should be more worried about us than we are about them.”
Chelsea’s potential opponents in the quarter-finals Among them are Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester City – who are yet to win the Champions League and tasted defeat by the Blues in the 2021 final.
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