Chelsea manager Graham Potter admits he has never been to a Champions League game before

Graham Potter has described his early days at Chelsea as an experience of

Graham Potter opens up about the ‘whirlwind’ of taking over at Chelsea as he holds his first press conference since replacing Thomas Tuchel… and admits he’s never been to a Champions League game before of his debut tomorrow night.

  • Graham Potter was announced as Chelsea’s new manager last Thursday
  • He replaced Thomas Tuchel just a day after the German coach was sacked
  • Potter has admitted that his start at Chelsea has been a “remolitic” experience.
  • He has also confessed that he has never been to a Champions League match
  • He will take charge of his first game in the competition against Red Bull Salzburg

Graham Potter has admitted swapping Brighton for Chelsea has been a “whirlwind” experience, but felt a move to Stamford Bridge was “too big to turn down”.

Potter spoke at his first press conference since replacing Thomas Tuchel on Tuesday afternoon and revealed that talks progressed quickly as Chelsea approached him.

However, he said he was impressed by the owners’ vision and didn’t need much convincing to take the job.

Graham Potter has described his early days at Chelsea as a “whirlwind” experience.

“Things happened incredibly quickly,” he told reporters.

“I had very intense conversations with the owners and quickly realized that they were good people, intelligent people who had achieved great success in their lives outside of football and wanted to achieve something here. They had a very exciting project, ideas very exciting about how to take the club forward, and it felt very, very positive.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a whirlwind in terms of meeting people, leaving Brighton, meeting the players. My first impressions have been really good, and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

Potter thrived at Brighton during his three years at the Amex Stadium but is aware he faces a new challenge at Chelsea, where he is expected to challenge for trophies.

Potter has praised co-owners Todd Boehly (R) and Behdad Eghbali (L) for their

Potter has praised co-owners Todd Boehly (R) and Behdad Eghbali (L) for their “exciting ideas”

However, he does not see joining Chelsea as a risk that could backfire.

“I’ve taken careful steps with my career, I haven’t just taken the first opportunity.

“I tried to understand what was involved and whether it was the right time for me to take on the next challenge, but I think that’s what life is about. Life is about getting out of your comfort zone.

“I don’t see it as a risk in a negative way, but I think everything is a bit unknown and that’s the beauty of life,” he added.

Potter’s first game in charge of Chelsea will see the Blues take on Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League.

The 47-year-old has never made it to the competition before and admitted he hasn’t even been to a Champions League game as a fan, but relishes the challenge of stepping into the unknown.

Potter has admitted he has never been to a Champions League game but is excited to manage the competition.

Potter has admitted he has never been to a Champions League game but is excited to manage the competition.

He continued: ”From my head, I don’t think (he’s been one Champions League game away).

‘I think it’s a good time to go to the dugout, why not!? Where we start is a great introduction. Wherever we start will be great, and why not start here?’

Potter has also confirmed that he will have almost a fit squad to choose from for his first game, with only Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante missing out on Wednesday night.

‘Eddie (Mendy) will miss the game, NG (N’Golo Kante) too. Other than that, everyone else is fine,” he said.

Edouard Mendy is currently sidelined, while N'Golo Kante will also miss Wednesday.

Edouard Mendy is currently sidelined, while N’Golo Kante will also miss Wednesday.

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