‘No guarantees’: Graham Potter outlines targets he has set himself this season at Chelsea

Graham Potter has claimed in his first Chelsea press conference that he wants to see his side improve and fight for wins this season.

The Englishman endured a whirlwind week over the last seven days, with him firmly focused on his Brighton side this time last week, who are still sitting in the top four thanks mostly to his brilliance.

He has not had much time to prepare for his first game in charge of the club, with the Champions League match against RB Salzburg coming tomorrow.

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The game holds a larger importance than perhaps the club would have liked, following the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last week in what turned out to be Thomas Tuchel’s final game in charge.

Another loss in the competition would put the Blues in real trouble in terms of qualifying, with them still needing to play Serie A champions AC Milan twice.

In the long term however, Potter has refused to lay down a marker on where his side will have to finish in the league or any cup competitions, instead just wanting to see the club begin to form their identity under him.

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He said: “All my thoughts are on tomorrow night. We need to compete here. I have respect for the Premier League, Champions League, competitions we are in. We are Chelsea, no guarantees. Resources alone isn’t enough.”

“It’s about connecting with supporters, them recognising the team, working at Cobham. Success is to see improvement and be competing to win.”

Blues fans will be keen to see the starting line-up Potter goes with for his first game in charge, as they look to see if any players who had been left in the cold by Tuchel are offered a clean slate to show their worth to the new man in charge.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.