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Happy Potter welcomes the “brilliant” Chelsea


The Blues booked their place in the knockout stages with a 2-1 win away to Salzburg after impressive strikes from Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz in each half either side of Junior Adamu’s goal.

Chelsea lost their opening group stage game 1-0 against Dinamo Zagreb, leading to the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel, but bounced back under Potter to take 10 points from four games, including a strong away win over AC Milan ” and “Salzburg”, securing first place in Group E.

“Very [satisfied]. It’s not easy to win here, as you can see with their record and the quality of the team,” Potter said. “We needed to play well and I thought we did. We created some good chances in the first half and were unlucky not to go more than 1-0 up.

“Then one action, with the quality at this level, and it’s 1-1. Then I thought our response was very good, so I’m very happy to go through, delighted with the performance of the players. I thought they were fantastic today.

“To get through the game as a reserve is brilliant, given where we started the competition.”

Havertz’s 64th-minute winner was a spectacular left-footed strike that flew off the crossbar.

The goal was the German’s first this season in the Champions League and his third in all competitions. It was also Havertz’s first away goal at Stamford Bridge for the Blues since April.

“His quality is there; he’s an incredibly talented player,” Potter said. “He was almost there and obviously scoring a goal like that definitely helps.

“I wouldn’t be able to score a goal like that, to be fair, I can only imagine. It’s a fantastic strike and an indicator of his quality, so I’m really happy for him.”

Potter shrugged off concerns about his side’s wastefulness in front of goal, taking 15 shots, including 11 on target, while he hinted they could change their line-up for their final group game against Dynamo, who have already qualified.

The Blues face Potter’s former club Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, quickly followed by Dynamo (November 2), Arsenal in the Premier League (November 6) and Manchester City in the EFL Cup (November 9).

“We are at home at Stamford Bridge. [against Dinamo] and we’re going to try our best,” he said. “We want to win every game we play, that’s the mentality we have to have.

“But clearly we’ve got a game at the weekend and another game the following weekend, so maybe we can turn things around a bit. But we will make every effort.”


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