‘Very positive’: Kepa Arrizabalaga is full of praise for new Chelsea man who has brought ‘different ideas’

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has told the Evening Standard that he has been impressed with new manager Graham Potter.

The Englishman handed the 27-year-old a start in his first game in charge of the club, which saw the Blues draw 1-1 with RB Salzburg.

The disappointing draw combined with an embarrassing loss to Dinamo Zagreb to leave the Blues bottom of their group.

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Kepa in particular had a few nervy moments on the ball, and hardly covered himself in glory for the Salzburg equaliser late on.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard has been full of praise for the new man in charge.

Kepa praises Potter

He said: “He is very positive in his mind, he tries to give us positivity. We changed a couple of things in the line-up and the structure. So we have to adjust to that. Thinking, watching and understanding how we play.

“It’s the same for all the team. We want a good presence on the pitch, take the ball, attack as much as we can, and when we lose the ball recover it as soon as possible. “Try to create chances, to involve the fans with the atmosphere in the stadium and we are going to step it forward because it is only two or three training with the [manager].

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“And now with Graham, we have a new start, different ideas and I think the fans are waiting to see what is going to happen and how it will be.”

Potter will now have the opportunity to spend a couple of weeks working on his starting XI, with the Blues not in action this weekend.

Despite there being an upcoming international break, Blues fans will be appreciative of the time before his next game, with the club hardly getting off to the best start of the season.

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.