Chelsea boss Graham Potter reveals inspirational half-time team talk that led to 1-0 Leeds United win
Chelsea manager Graham Potter was able to at least put up a smile after his team finally returned to winning ways.
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For large parts of the game- it seemed like a deja vu with Chelsea creating chances but just not having enough quality to finish them off.
The win and clean sheet also gives them a fresh platform to build on especially ahead of that game against Dortmund on Tuesday night.
But it could all have been different had Potter not calmed nerves and urged them to continue even when the goals were not coming.
“It is [massive]. Delighted for the players and supporters,”Potter said after the win.
“We’ve had to suffer, it’s been a challenging period. I thought we played well in the first half and attacked well so I felt we had to continue in that direction and it would come.”
Another player who was massive at the heart of defence was Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly who looked close to best form especially when Leeds United threw the kitchen sink at them late on.
Manager Graham Potter admitted the experienced defender was pivotal in getting the best out of his teammates using his experience.
He added: “Sometimes it’s not easy to land and hit the ground running. It’s not as straightforward as that.
“He’s a great guy, he cares. I thought he helped Wesley and Benoit and showed a calmness that was important to us.”
All attention will now turn to that all-important Champions League second leg tie against German side Dortmund who will arrive at Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 win from the first leg and in great form.