‘9/10’: The one Chelsea man really impressed in Graham Potter’s first game in charge
Raheem Sterling has been praised in Football London’s player ratings from Chelsea’s 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg in the Champions League
The Blues impressed for large portions of Graham Potter’s first game in charge of the club, however a similar toothless approach in front of goal left many frustrated as they left Stamford Bridge last night.
Sterling was the exception to the rule however, with his fine curling effort early in the second half giving the Blues the lead.
His position was interesting to note, with it seeming like he was deployed as an advanced left-wing-back, with the role being used to great effect by Potter in the past.
A similar effect was on show last night, with Sterling clearly the best player on the pitch before he was substituted late in the day.
Football London have praised the England international for his part in the game, with him looking a constant threat going forwards.
Sterling praised for performance
He said: “A slightly deeper role than Sterling had been handed under Thomas Tuchel, but the 27-year-old looked every bit as threatening. With more space to run into, Sterling was a constant threat and showed some tidy passing, too, albeit with some pause in the box.”
Sterling frequently beat his man down the left, however his crosses tended to fall into empty areas, as the Blues lacked the attacking impotence yet again outside of the 27-year-old.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s performance will certainly come into question, with him looking like he was on a complete different wavelength to the rest of the attacking players.
With Armando Broja again looking positive in his substitute appearance, there will no doubt be calls again for the youngster to be handed his first start of the season.
If Sterling is to continue in his new-look position, Potter will quickly need to find the best players available to surround him, in order for his impact to be utilised the best.