Report: Brighton player cried when 47-year-old coach left to join Chelsea with Potter

Brighton’s Robert Sanchez reportedly cried when goalkeeper coach Ben Roberts left for Chelsea earlier this month.

Chelsea’s boss Graham Potter, along with some of his coaching staff, made the move from Brighton to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of September.

Roberts, 47, was one of the individuals to take up a new position in West London. He’s a long-serving member of Potter’s backroom staff that’s part of the new chapter.

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Highly rated Ben Roberts

According to The Athletic, Roberts has built up his reputation to be regarded as one of the best goalkeeper coaches in the country.

It is understood that Brighton’s shot-stopper Sanchez, who’s developed into a really talented goalkeeper, was in tears when he heard about Roberts leaving the South Coast club.

The report adds that he played a huge role in the development of 24-year-old Sanchez into a keeper that is comfortable on the ball and has a great range of passing.

Roberts clearly left a really positive mark at the Amex Stadium, so let’s help Chelsea’s crop of goalkeepers can now benefit and learn from him.

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GK position

Kepa Arrizabalaga started Potter’s first game in charge of Chelsea before the international break in-between the sticks. However, teammate Edouard Mendy has been the first-choice goalkeeper at the club in the past couple of years.

Journalist Simon Phillips reported recently that Mendy may not fit enough to return from his injury this Saturday against Crystal Palace.

On paper, Kepa is definitely the better of the two when it comes to playing with the ball at their feet.

Let’s see what Potter, along with specialist coach Roberts, make of the Blues duo fighting for the No.1 spot.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.