Three players who failed to impress in Chelsea audition in first game under Graham Potter – opinion
The introduction of a new manager at Stamford Bridge looks on paper the perfect catalyst for a number of revivals at Chelsea.
This is what a lot of the first team will be hoping is the case, as the club enters a new era under manager Graham Potter.
That very era got off to an uninspiring start last night, with the Blues falling foul of another sloppy goal to eventually draw 1-1.
The game brought Potter the opportunity to see a number of his new players in action, before the break of more than two weeks before his first league match in charge.
He will have been impressed by the impacts of Raheem Sterling, Reece James and Mason Mount no doubt, however there were a number of players who failed to grasp their opportunity.
Perhaps a surprise start, Potter was clearly looking for experience at the back as he opted for Cesar Azpilicueta over Wesley Fofana on the right of a three.
However, the Spaniard endured more of what’s been a difficult season so far for him, with his pace in particular being exposed on a number of occasions by a young Salzburg side.
With Fofana waiting in the wings, it seems inevitable the captain is set for a spell on the sidelines.
A few have suggested that Edouard Mendy’s rough start to the season could see Kepa Arrizabalaga handed his opportunity, with his ability on the ball in particular praised.
However, everything looked very nervy when the ball was at his feet, showcased by putting Jorginho in real danger on the edge of his box early on.
He didn’t cover himself in glory for the goal either, and Mendy is sure to be handed the gloves when he returns from injury.
It feels unfortunately like the Stamford Bridge faithful are beginning to give up on Hakim Ziyech, and his involvement off the bench last night will have done him no favours.
With last week’s poor performance firmly in fans’ minds, he had a lot of involvement with very little end product last night, notably missing the Blues’ biggest chance just minutes after coming on.
A new manager looked to provide the Moroccan the perfect opportunity to start again at Chelsea, however it feels like the chance has been squandered.