Graham Potter revealed why he worried Raheem Authentic as an overmatched full-back in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Salzburg in the Bosses Association.
The Blues ended up in a perplexing stalemate in Potter’s maximum memorable match after Thomas Tuchel in the Stamford Scaffold hole.
Chelsea started with three back forwards, Real gambled wide as a winger and again resembled Potter’s deployment of Leandro Trossard at Brighton. The former Man City big name broke the barrier.
Speaking to BT Game up-match, Potter explained why he chose to play the 27-year-old in a process that would normally be new to him.
“Against Salzburg, they block the center nicely from all sides, it’s difficult to get through the center, so we think we’ll have Raheem and Reece help in the wide areas, Azpi and Marc. More of our bodies are focused on the field with Kai, Artisan and Mateo. It was working well, but now it’s not good enough,” Potter said.
“I think we put Raheem in one-on-one instances regularly, in unsteady situations inside the box, and they blocked properly. The goal became a respectable result of this.”
Graham Potter after the game. pic.twitter.com/CsC47fn3EM
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Although Chelsea were the better on the night, they regretted the vast majority of possession due to missed opportunities and Potter’s displeasure.
“It’s hard to manipulate the way they play. I think we controlled the first half, going into the third they made a couple of blocks and we didn’t do too well with more than one attempt. That’s the Bosses Association aspect, you’re not going to open them up easily, you’ve scored a first-class target yet, a touch for a goal, but we responded properly and created more open doors,” Potter brought.
“We want to clean ourselves up, but the behavior of young men has become ideal, the utility has become terrible, male or female, we will increase.
“It’s always annoying when you concede a goal, but the famous defensive display was strong, the responses were subtle when we lost the ball, the lads kept running. Little subtleties that we have to work on, but it’s not easy for young men right now.”