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Javi Gracia sends Graham Potter warning ahead of ‘make or break’ Chelsea vs Leeds United clash



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Leeds United boss Javi Gracia has outlined his Leeds United game plan as he looks to pile more misery on under pressure Chelsea head coach Graham Potter.

Gracia has been newly-appointed at Elland Road after Jesse Marsch was sacked in a bid to boost their Premier League survival hopes; they are currently sitting in 17th place, one point above the relegation zone.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have lost their last three matches in all competitions and are winless in their previous six outings, seeing Potter’s side in 10th position.

It has seen calls for Potter to be sacked, something he accepts because results haven’t been anywhere near good enough, and their next two matches against Leeds and Borussia Dortmund have been described as potentially ‘make or break’ over the 47-year-old’s position at Stamford Bridge.

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Gracia won his first game in charge of Leeds last weekend with a 1-0 win over Southampton, but they suffered a 2-0 loss in midweek away to Fulham in the FA Cup at Craven Cottage.

Leeds are hoping to claim back-to-back wins in the league when they visit the capital, however Gracia acknowledges how tough the challenge will be that awaits them.

“I think it’s important to start very aggressive, to continue very aggressively, and then to finish even more aggressively,” said the Leeds boss ahead of the game on Thursday, as quoted by

“To go to Stamford Bridge is always very, very tough but I have that experience.

“Especially with the necessity now that they have to get their points. We have to be very, very focused and prepared for a demanding game.”

With Potter under severe pressure at Chelsea, Gracia was quizzed on his view of the Chelsea head coach.

He was full of praise, but fired a warning that his team will mean business and hope to succumb Chelsea to a fourth straight defeat in west London.

“The only way you change the different opinions about you is with results, it’s the only way,” added Gracia on his managerial counterpart this weekend.

“What I can say is my opinion about Graham Potter and my opinion is fantastic. I wish all the best for all the management, of course the next game we try to win.”

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