Leeds & Dortmund wins provide Chelsea & Graham Potter with perfect platform to kick on vs Leicester City
It was a moment to remember in Chelsea’s season this week with the Blues fending off all negativity to get past Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, beating an in-form Bundesliga outfit 2-0 to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Much of Chelsea‘s season has been plagued by outrage with fans losing belief in the project, at least with Graham Potter at the helm. But the Englishman showed just how much he can get out of his Blues team, playing a system he was most accustomed to and bringing the very best out of the players in his team.
Even his touchline antics were much different on Tuesday night. For the first time in a very long time, Potter showed some emotion and coached as if he knew the writing would be on the wall had his team dropped out of Europe.
Players who were deemed to be ‘flops’ and not fit for Chelsea standard, shone like they were also playing for new contracts.
The likes of Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling all produced majestic displays, showing that they do still possess the quality that they’ve shown at their previous clubs, it’s just how Potter can motivate them on a weekly basis to remain at that level.
The Blues will learn their quarter-final fate in the Champions League next week, but as far as the league goes, Chelsea need results quickly.
They have 13 games left to play this term and currently sit on 34 points, with the belief that they can still achieve their targets of playing in Europe again next season.
Defensively, Chelsea have been as good as title chasers, Arsenal and Manchester City, conceding 25 goals – the exact same amount as the aforementioned clubs. So there are positive signs, with goals now the key to getting them back in contention.
Potter’s men face Leicester City up next this weekend, with the Foxes in disarray this term, while they also have the second worst record at home this season, losing half of the amount of games they have played at the King Power Stadium.
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Kai Havertz looked a different player in midweek and can spur Chelsea on yet again this Saturday. The combination of him, Joao Felix and somebody else will pose a massive threat – Sterling is a major doubt with a tight hamstring -, while the fans in the stands and across the world will buy into Potter again.
Chelsea won this fixture 3-0 last season and are looking to claim a first league double over the Foxes for the first time since the 2016/17 season, which was the last time the Blues won the league, coming under Antonio Conte.