Graham Potter is Chelsea’s new supervisor (Picture: Getty)
Blues proprietor and chairman Todd Boehly has moved quick to nominate the previous Brighton boss who has emerged as maybe essentially the most thrilling English supervisor for a while.
After miraculously taking Swedish facet Ostersund from the fourth tier to the Europa League knockout stage, and impressing at Championship membership Swansea, Brighton employed Potter in 2019.
In three seasons, the 47-year-old has remodeled the Seagulls together with his technical, possession-based soccer, together with his facet notably competing towards the Premier League’s elite when it got here to anticipated factors, even after promoting their finest gamers to rival groups.
Final season, Brighton completed a best-ever ninth within the desk and though they’re at present fourth after six video games, Potter has determined now could be the time to swap the south coast for west London.
So, what can Chelsea gamers and followers anticipate? Metro Sport takes a have a look at what Potterball may appear like at Stamford Bridge…
The issue in analysing Potter’s fashion of soccer is that he appears to alter his formation and line-up for each sport, rotating his gamers and adapting for each opponent.
However general, the premise for his versatile facet is a 3-5-2 formation that seeks to press and hound the opposition, profitable the ball and shortly transitioning the play ahead on the earliest alternative.
As such, with everybody match and obtainable, his finest XI could look similar to Tuchel’s however will function very in a different way with one midfielder, probably Mateo Kovacic, dropping deep to choose up the ball from the defence, whereas two others will act as No.8s, although how offensive Potter chooses to be will decide the personnel.
In the meantime, Potter has been recognized to play with out a standard striker and sometimes favours a entrance two consisting of a midfielder and a ahead, with Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz seemingly excellent for this.
Mateo Kovacic’s confidence in posession will likely be key for Graham Potter
Just one centre-back
Beneath Potter, Chelsea gamers must adapt to completely different positions so don’t be shocked if forwards change into defenders and vice versa.
The wingbacks will likely be required to do extra attacking than defending, one thing that may swimsuit Ben Chilwell to a tee however might additionally enable out-of-favour winger Christian Pulisic to transform himself. The American might use his tempo and trickery in the same vein to Brighton stars Leonardo Trossard and Solly March.
So the place would that go away the present first-choice full-backs Marc Cucurella and Reece James? Effectively, Cucurella solely left Brighton for Chelsea this summer season, so offering there aren’t any laborious emotions between the participant and supervisor he’ll keep within the crew, as will the undroppable James.
Each are able to enjoying in a back-three, both facet of the expertise and management of Thiago Silva or Kalidou Koulibaly.
Christian Pulisic might relaunch his Chelsea profession beneath Graham Potter
Again to fundamentals
Ought to Potter resolve to ditch a back-three, 4-4-2 can be his choice, once more with a midfielder working up high.
Though that change might have an effect on Koulibaly and Silva’s lack of tempo, large cash signing Wesley Fofana ought to ease that concern.
Tuchel struggled to get one of the best out of lots of his attacking choices, together with Sterling, Havertz, Pulisic, Mason Mount, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech and Armando Broja.
On this formation and when in possession, Chelsea can have 4 fluid and implausible forwards of their front-line which Blues followers will hope can fireplace them to silverware.
Wesley Fofana’s tempo can be relied upon closely in a 4-4-2 formation
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