In the Premier League more poised and exciting than ever, the real surprise this season has been Graham Potter’s Chelsea. The former Brighton manager, who replaced his predecessor Tuchel just days into the tournament, knew immediately how to give his side an identity and style of play. Thanks to the arrival of the new coach on the bench, Chelsea recovered and also relaunched them in the Champions League. So here’s what to expect from the new Chelsea potter, what goals can be achieved this season and how bookmakers see them in the Premier League prospects.
After a completely weak start to the season, with three wins, one draw and three defeats, the Chelsea management decided to suspend the relationship with Tuchel and sack him. The former Blues boss, who won the Champions League in 2021 after a glorious trip, has not convinced the ownership of the London side, bent on changing the cards on the table. He was replaced after only seven races Graham Potter, an English coach who has always played in the UK in his career, before moving to the bench. After a long experience with Östersunds, the Swedish club with which he won the Swedish Cup in 2017, he returned to England in 2018. At Swansea, he coached for a season in the Second Division Championship, finishing 10th. He then jumped to the Premier League, with Brighton, where he always got redemption in a little more than three seasons, even reaching ninth place in the last tournament held. In 2022, he started again on the bench in the southern England team, but thanks to the contact from Chelsea, he was able to start his first adventure in a senior team.
Chelsea’s new Potter, since the change on the bench, has not yet lost, won four victories and a draw between the league and the cup. In the Premier League, Chelsea are currently fourth in the standings with 16 points thanks to five wins and one draw. In the final round of the tournament, the Londoners clearly beat Wolverhampton 3-0, thanks to goals by Havertz, Pulisic and Borussia. The next challenge awaiting the Blues is on Sunday against Aston Villa, in the Derby as they are given the advantage in the Premier League odds. For Chelsea, the win could mean getting closer to the top, temporarily occupied by Arsenal, which they will see against Leeds United. Although the goal of winning the Premier League is very complicated, especially due to the impressive performances of Arsenal and Manchester City, Chelsea’s arrival in the top three would still be an excellent result. With qualification in the Champions League and winning the National Cups, Chelsea Potter will have the opportunity to buy new players in the summer and return permanently to the top of English football.
In the Champions League, the new Chelsea Potter achieves excellent results and a good level of performance. Enlisted in Group E with Milan and Salzburg, the London club was first in the standings thanks to two victories, both against the Rossoneri, and a draw. Thus, winning the next two matches against Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb will be enough for the squad coached by Potter to qualify for the round of 16. Chelsea’s next match in the Champions League is scheduled for October 25, when they will face Salzburg, who are currently second with 6 points, in Austria. As for the domestic cups, the first match in the League Cup will be against Manchester City in November, while in FA cup The debut should arrive in January with the third qualifying round.
Therefore, for Chelsea, it is expected that there will be a very complex season but full of opportunities and challenges, both in the Premier League and in the Cups. Potter has already given a good identity to the team, starting with the form, 3-4-2-1, with an increasingly strong defense and attack able to count on different translators. Despite the absences due to injuries to Kante and Koulibaly who is not yet at the top of his game, Chelsea are a fantastic squad capable of landing at the right moment. In the Premier League, they are probably not among the main favorites to win the title, but third place in the standings looks like a target within reach. So as not to be underestimated, then, the National Cups, as the Blues will have the opportunity to get another trophy.
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