Potter says absences of four Chelsea players make team selection difficult

Graham Potter says absences of four Chelsea players make team selection difficult

Chelsea manager Graham Potter admitted the number of key injuries has made it difficult for him to pick his team.

Potter made a couple of team changes from midweek’s win over RB Salzburg with Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek replacing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Jorginho.

While Chelsea were dominant in Austria, the intensity of Brighton’s high pressing proved too much for the visitors this time.

Potter insisted that he was not spoilt for options either considering the injury list.

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“You need to find a way to win and perform,” the Blues manager said in his post-match press conference (via Football London).

“We’ve had a lot of games in October and for different reasons, we’ve lost a lot of key players.

“Reece [James], [Kalidou] Koulibaly, [Wesley] Fofana, [N’Golo] Kante… it’s a constant challenge how to set up.

“It can be tactical, or it can be the intensity of the opponent and how they did better. We will look at how they can improve.”

This is the third consecutive game in which Chelsea were without any natural centre-back option on the bench.

Potter’s insistence on playing a back-three despite this issue is questionable, but losing such important players would hurt any team.

The Blues will face three difficult opponents; Arsenal, Manchester City (League Cup), and Newcastle United, next so things are not going to get any easier soon.

Potter will have to find a solution to these absences, or it could be a disastrous two weeks for the Blues.

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