Kalidou Koulibaly hasn’t had the simplest of begins to his Chelsea profession (Image: Getty)
The previous Napoli captain joined the Blues in the summertime and was billed as the perfect substitute for the outgoing Antonio Rudiger.
Thomas Tuchel was delighted to have recruited a participant of Koulibaly’s expertise however the 31-year-old has discovered adjusting to the Premier League removed from simple.
The German’s demise and up to date sacking has thrown one other spanner within the works for Koulibaly who was dropped for Potter’s first recreation in cost towards RB Salzburg earlier this month.
Potter opted to pick out membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta in an unfamiliar central defensive position and Marc Cucurella, who he coached at Brighton, at left-back.
Koulibaly insists he understands Potter’s resolution and has been impressed with the early influence Tuchel’s successor has made.
He advised Le Quotidien : ‘The brand new coach got here with some good concepts. He’s an actual coach. He did some good issues with Brighton. Now he’s a Chelsea supervisor.
Graham Potter dropped Kalidou Koulibaly towards RB Salzburg (Image: Getty)
‘He has tips, expectations. It’s as much as me to be affected person, it’s as much as me to point out that I should play, to point out in coaching that the coach can belief me.
‘In comparison with this, there might be no downside. We’re additionally within the first weeks, it’s regular for the coach to depend on gamers who’re used to the logo of Chelsea and who’ve been there for a really very long time.
‘After I might be at 100%, there might be no downside, I’ll play once more.’
Regardless of the lower than auspicious begin to his profession in England, Koulibaly has no regrets about signing for Chelsea and insists the choice to signal was a simple one as soon as he discovered of their curiosity.
Membership captain Cesar Azpilicueta began towards RB Salzburg as a substitute of Kalidou Koulibaly (Image: Getty)
He added: ‘You recognize, it’s a life alternative. I needed to alter golf equipment. I felt like I’d given the whole lot to Napoli. There got here a degree the place I needed to alter life, problem myself and throw myself into a brand new problem.
‘Chelsea arrived and it didn’t take lengthy for me to decide on. They’re one of many 5 finest golf equipment on the earth, with an excellent historical past; a group that’s used to profitable.
‘After they referred to as me, I instantly gave a constructive reply as a result of it was additionally admirable to play within the Premier League. I’d performed in France, Belgium earlier than arriving in Italy, the place I grew, matured and the place my kids had been born.
‘Due to this fact, I’ll by no means cease thanking them for what they gave me. Now, I felt it was time to find one thing else.
‘Signing with Chelsea was an excellent factor for me. I’m very completely satisfied to be there. It was a bit robust at first, as a result of I needed to transfer eight years of my life to London. It’s one thing that’s fairly exhausting.
‘The necessity to discover a faculty, get used to the London life. I arrived in London, the place I discovered my home, the varsity for my children. I’ve discovered my bearings, so I’m very completely satisfied.’