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Graham Potter delivers Borussia Dortmund verdict ahead of Chelsea clash in Champions League



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Graham Potter has delivered his verdict on Borussia Dortmund ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League at the Signal Iduna Park.

The Blues will be hopeful of making it five games unbeaten in a row as they travel to Germany to face Edin Terzic’s side on Wednesday night.

Despite only winning one of their last four, Chelsea have shown signs of improvement in recent weeks, the west London side have conceded just once in this period but still have a long way to go reach top form.

Currently, Potter’s men sit in tenth position in the Premier League, but despite their disappointing efforts in England, they have hopes to succeed in Europe.

Looking back to early November, the Blues topped their Champions League ahead of AC Milan, their opposition for Wednesday however, qualified in second spot behind Manchester City.

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Unlike Chelsea, Dortmund are having a good season in the league, they are in third place and are just three points behind leaders, Bayern Munich.

The German side’s recent form is also extremely impressive, following the World Cup in Qatar, they have won six from six in all competitions.

It is going to be a tough test for the Blues, and in his pre-match press conference, head coach Potter delivered his verdict, he said: “It’s the knockout stages of the UCL. The absolute pinnacle.

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“A great test against a fantastic club. 80,000 fans here. A wonderful occasion. We are looking forward to it and understand the challenge. We are really excited for it.”

Potter also spoke about Dortmund head coach, Tezric, saying: “My first impressions of him were incredibly positive. Really humble guy, very intelligent, articulate, open minded, creative. Everything you want for a coach, he has those attributes.

“Accumulated experience. A nice mix. You can see the quality of work he’s done recently, a fantastic run. Organised, attack well and defend well. Good individuals. I’m pleased for him.

“I want to make it difficult for him in the next couple of games then I’ll wish him well!”

So far in Europe as Chelsea boss, Potter is undefeated, in his first game in charge they drew with RB Salzburg, they also did the double over AC Milan and closed out the Group Stage by defeating Dinamo Zagreb. The Blues and Potter will be hoping to continue that run.