'Fantastic': Graham Potter raves about one of the coaches he has brought with him to Chelsea

Graham Potter has used his pre-match press conference to praise Chelsea goalkeeping coach Ben Roberts.

The former Middlesbrough goalkeeper, who started against the Blues in the FA Cup final in 1997, came with Potter to the club from Brighton and Hove Albion.

This is despite the Blues having former reserve ‘keeper Hilario on their books under Thomas Tuchel’s reign.

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The goalkeeper position is arguably the one that has improved the most since the new management team joined the club.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been in inspired form since the new manager came in, being an ever present under Potter.

His good form was on full show over the weekend, with him being the main reason the Blues left Villa Park with all three points.

Potter praises Roberts

This can be down to the fresh face in the coaching staff, with Potter sure to see praise handed past just the manager.

He said: ‘We think so. That’s why we brought him with us. He did fantastic at Brighton with Robert Sanchez and he’s a good guy, good around the group.

“He works the ‘keepers really well, creates a nice environment for them to push themselves, to enjoy their football and be stimulated. So he’s an important member of the staff.”

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The change in culture has seen Edouard Mendy left out in the cold, with him being injured when the new man came into the club.

However, Kepa’s form has made him irreplaceable right now, with Potter hinting in his press conference that he sees the Spain international as his number one.

This means the 28-year-old is sure to continue between the sticks for the London derby against Brentford tomorrow, as the club look to make it six consecutive wins under the new man at the helm.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released