Chelsea may start a brand new period this week as Graham Potter prepares to take his first match because the membership’s head coach.
The ex-Brighton boss was introduced as Thomas Tuchel’s successor at Stamford Bridge simply over three years after taking the highest job on the south coast.
Whereas it stays to be seen when the Blues can be subsequent in motion as a 12-day interval of mourning takes place because of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Potter can be hoping to see his aspect in Champions League motion midweek.
A conflict with Pink Bull Salzburg within the Champions League is subsequent up for the Blues and that can give followers an early style of what they’ll sit up for beneath among the finest coaches within the nation.
Right here, talkSPORT.com takes loads at how Potter’s aspect may line up towards the Austrian outfit.
The boss could have some large resolution to make in the case of becoming Chelsea’s gifted squad into his favoured 3-5-2 formation.
Edouard Mendy seems to be set to maintain his place in purpose, whereas Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Silva and Wesley Fofana appear to be the membership’s greatest choices to offer stability and stability within the again three.
Reece James can be anticipated to fit into the position at proper wing-back, whereas Potter’s former star at Brighton, Marc Cucurella, might be given an opportunity to impress on the left.
Talking on talkSPORT Adrian Durham stated: “I take a look at a participant like Cucurella and yeah, you would say that he’s improved to the purpose the place Brighton have bought him to Chelsea for £50-odd-million, however I’m pondering that each time I’ve seen him play for Chelsea I’m pondering what’s occurring.”
“Hopefully, for his sake, Potter turns up and turns him into the participant that Chelsea thought they had been shopping for, however I can’t see it proper now.”
Nonetheless, Ben Chilwell may additionally function, offering he can show his health.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho can be Chelsea’s first selection midfield pairing as they supply stability and ball-playing skill to get the staff shifting ahead.
In the meantime, Mason Mount can be hoping to point out his true colors as soon as once more following a combined begin to the season by his personal excessive requirements.
One space that Potter can be seeking to enhance is the assault.
Raheem Sterling has made a good begin in entrance of purpose for his new membership with three objectives in six Premier League video games to this point, however he’ll little question profit from the addition of a confirmed marksman alongside him.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made his debut for the Blues within the 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb final day out, however with a bit extra work on the coaching floor he might be prepared to actually make a big effect as Potter strives to get his toes beneath the desk at Stamford Bridge.
Ashton mentioned the assault for talkSPORT, saying: “We’re speaking about an entire totally different stage [than at Brighton].
“For those who create possibilities for Aubameyang, Sterling, Mount and Haverz, I don’t assume they’re lacking possibilities with the regularity that the Brighton gamers had been.
“With Potter going to Chelsea he’s definitely obtained a greater pedigree of gamers in order that if he creates the probabilities then they’ll be capable to take them.”
Right here’s how Chelsea may line up of their first match beneath new boss Graham Potter.