Chelsea news: Graham Potter leads first training session as he prepares for Champions League bow
Chelsea, who were due to travel to Fulham on Saturday before football matches at all levels in the UK were postponed as a mark of respect to Her Majesty The Queen, would have held their first training session since Potter’s arrival .
The club are preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League clash against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge, which takes on even more significance after Chelsea’s 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb.
Potter was confirmed as Chelsea’s first managerial position under new owners Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali on Thursday.
The 47-year-old spent Thursday afternoon at Chelsea’s Cobham training base meeting club staff.
Co-owners Boehly and Eghbali spoke to Chelsea staff, as well as Potter on Thursday, as the Blues’ new era took another big step forward.
Potter met his Chelsea side for the first time on Friday morning, before getting down to business on the training ground.
Chelsea chairman Boehly regards Potter as Andrew Friedman, the baseball boss his LA Dodgers chased to lead the California franchise.
Boehly and his fellow Dodgers owners watched Friedman effectively learn the ropes of an entrepreneurial trade during his exceptional stint with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boehly and Eghbali believe Potter has developed the same spirit of innovation by maximizing resources at Brighton, and believe the additional weapons in Chelsea’s arsenal could see him have a significant impact at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea’s new owners have already sunk their long-term plan to transform all aspects of the west London club.
Thomas Tuchel was sacked on Wednesday following the Blues’ new bosses’ 100-day review of their embryonic ownership.
The Chelsea board felt Tuchel’s tenure had lost its way after the stunning start which saw the German coach lead the Blues to the Champions League title in just 124 days at the helm of Stamford Bridge.
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