Chelsea upset with Salzburg for Graham Potter premiere

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Chelsea upset with Salzburg for Graham Potter premiere

Graham Potter has work to do. Thomas Tuchel’s replacement on the Chelsea bench probably already knew it, but he was able to get a better overview of the current shortcomings of his new team, this Wednesday evening, against Salzburg (1-1) in the Champions League. A draw that pretty much sums up the Blues’ performance at Stamford Bridge.

For this baptism, Potter had notably chosen to leave the dear recruits Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana on the bench, organizing his eleven in 4-2-3-1 with a Mount-Havertz-Sterling trio behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. If the Blues created a few chances, the first period was mostly dull.

The Blues trapped on a counter

From the start of the second act, Sterling relieved his people with a nice curled shot from the right, small net (48th), after a double error from the opposing defense. One of the rare attacking situations well negotiated by Chelsea in a match played at a slow pace. But, on a harmless counter, well led by the French Lucas Gourna-Douath (ex-Saint-Étienne), Salzburg took advantage of the defensive largesse of the Blues to equalize, by Noah Okafor (75th).

After their inaugural defeat against Dinamo Zagreb (0-1) last week and this draw, Chelsea are in last place in Group E, with a small point after two days.


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