Reports suggest that the first meetings organised with Graham Potter have had a positive impact on Chelsea’s most senior players.

According to The Athletic, the discussions have been relaxed, and have allowed the players to share their opinions of the situation the club currently find themselves in.

While news of Thomas Tuchel’s sacking came as an unwanted surprise earlier this month, the start the Blues had made to the season had already left some fans concerned for their prospects.

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Rumours that the relationship between the German and many of his fringe players had begun to deteriorate will no doubt have been worrying for the future, especially following the vast number of new faces through the door last summer.

Positive meetings with Potter

Reports of discontent had risen regarding both Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, who will no doubt be among the happier players to see the club enter a new era under Potter.

However, The Athletic have claimed that senior stars who felt more affection towards Tuchel than most have also been encouraged by the new man in charge, particularly in the early private meetings held.

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Despite the disappointment of conceding late in the Englishman’s first game in charge to throw away two of the three points, the performance no doubt had encouraging signs, with it bringing out the best performance of the season by star signing Raheem Sterling.

There were certainly issues that cropped up which Potter must address, none more so than the centre-back situation, with Cesar Azpilicueta maintaining his poor start to the season while new signings Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly waited in the wings.

Overall. Blues fans should be encouraged by the little pieces of news coming out of Stamford Bridge, and will be hopeful that the break offered to Potter will help him establish his ideal team going forwards.

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.