How Potter’s Chelsea separated Milan in two Champions League games
Chelsea regained control of their Champions League group stage destiny under new head coach Graham Potter, and they did it in the most impressive way possible: by convincingly beating AC Milan, holders of the Serie A title, at home and away, up to an aggregate score of 5-0, in the space of a week.
The fact that these two matches were so close together made the first Champions League encounters between the two clubs look a bit like a knockout tie – and the stakes were close to that level for Chelsea. An away loss to Dinamo Zagreb and a draw at home to RB Salzburg in their first two group games let them know that realistically no less than four points would be needed to hold firmly to the table. horizon the qualification of group E to the last 16 of the competition.
They have done more than that and are now remarkably ahead following Salzburg’s 1-1 draw at Zagreb on Tuesday.
Chelsea’s successes at Stamford Bridge and then the San Siro were built on creating and exploiting tactical advantages, and the scores only underscored how clearly Potter won the chess match with his counterpart. Stefano Pioli.
Let’s take a closer look at how Chelsea did it and how things changed in those few days between Game 1 and Game 2…
Without the ball
For the competitive part of the first match at Stamford Bridge (i.e. up to