Chelsea summer signing says he wants to impress new manager Potter

Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly has had his say on new manager Graham Potter and his difficult start to the season.

The 31-year-old has made six appearances, including five in the Premier League, for the Blues since joining from Napoli in the summer.

Being part of the Chelsea defence that conceded nine goals from six games in the league this season, which partly led to Thomas Tuchel’s sacking, is clearly far from an ideal start to Koulibaly’s career at Stamford Bridge.

Former Brighton boss Potter is now in charge, and Koulibaly said he will need to prove himself to the new manager.

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“The new coach has come with good ideas,” the centre-back told Senegalese outlet Lequotidien.

“He’s a real coach. He did good things with Brighton. Now he’s the Chelsea coach.

“He has guidelines, expectations.

“It’s up to me to be patient, to show that I deserve to play, to show in training that the coach can trust me. In this respect, there will be no problem.

“We are also in the first few weeks, it’s normal that the coach relies on players who are used to the Chelsea emblem and who have been here for a very long time.

“When I am 100%, there will be no problem, I will play again.”

Koulibaly says he wants to impress Graham Potter after difficult Chelsea start

The Senegal international also admitted that he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.

“It’s normal that there is a time of adaptation,” he explained.

“Some people have even told me that this adaptation time could last six months. But I think it will take less time.

“I am really motivated, I want to show everyone that I am a good defender. And that’s on the pitch. I think it’s going to go well. And that the adaptation will happen very quickly.

“I’m not worried about that.”

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