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Potter & Loftus-Cheek deliver Chelsea verdicts on Ted Lasso, AFC Richmond and ‘violent’ Roy Kent



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Graham Potter and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are the latest duo in the Premier League to be involved with the new season launch of Ted Lasso.

Season three was launched last week and following a deal signed back in 2021, the comedy drama secured a licensing deal worth as much as £500,000 with the Premier League which would allow them to use archive footage, logos, club kits and even the league’s trophy.

Ted Lasso is based on an American college coach coming to London to manage a fictional side called AFC Richmond in an attempt from a divorced club owner to sabotage the team who her ex-husband loved.

It has become one of the most popular shows on Apple TV and following the launch of season three, Chelsea are the latest club to have taken part in promoting the show.

Head coach Graham Potter and Ruben Loftus-Cheek shared their verdicts on Ted Lasso, Roy Kent who is now a coach and AFC Richmond, who Chelsea are ‘playing’ in match one.

“Well, I think all of our supporters will be happy to see Roy back at Stamford Bridge,” said Potter to Chelsea’s in-house media. “They respect the job that he did here, that what he achieved is a fantastic player for us. But, you know, it’s game… we’re competitive. He’s the opposition, so whilst we’ll give him a nice reception, we want to beat him.

“I think Ted’s done a really good job at Richmond. But I think this game is a different level for him. I think it’s a step up. I think he’s going to come to a proper football club and he’s going to experience a proper game. I hope he’s ready for it.”

Loftus-Cheek shared his views on the ‘aggressive and violent’ Kent and admits it’s an ‘honour’ to welcome him back to west London.

He added: “Roy is an aggressive player, a violent player with a demanding personality. I still have some scars on my legs from the first time training with him. Every time I look at that scar reminds me to be more like him.

“I remember Roy Kent came to me one day and said play for the name on the front and they’ll remember the name on the back. That’s stuck with me ever since.

“It’s an honour to have Roy back at Stamford Bridge, and the status that he has, the legendary status that he has at the club, is second to none. And I’m sure he’ll get a fantastic welcome.”