Graham Potter confident Chelsea have ‘taken steps’ after Wolves win keeps running

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Raham Potter believes his Chelsea side have made real progress since the international break, having continued their unbeaten streak since taking over.

The Blues’ 3-0 victory over Wolves gave them three wins in a week, following last-minute drama against Crystal Palace and then the emphatic performance against AC Milan at Stamford Bridge.

Kai Havertz put Chelsea ahead seconds before the break against Wolves, and Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja then scored in the second half to cap off a perfect afternoon in west London.

Potter’s attention now turns to the Champions League, with the Blues traveling to the San Siro to take on AC Milan on Tuesday night, and the Chelsea boss knows his side will enter this clash full of confidence.

“It’s exciting, it’s been a really good week,” Potter told BBC Sport.

“It’s not easy to go on Wednesday and Saturday. Credit to Players. It’s a great performance, especially in the first half. We had to hold on a bit in the second half but overall we deserved to win.

He added: “The week we have just had has been fantastic. We made steps with the group on how we act. The attitude of the players has been really good. Their efforts for what we are trying to do are fantastic. It’s a good group to work with.

“A happy afternoon.”

The win was made all the more satisfying by the fact that Potter made seven changes to the starting lineup, with Thiago Silva, Reece James and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among those dropping out of the rotation.

It gave Pulisic and Havertz the chance to find the back of the net, while Conor Gallagher was another who seized his chance in impressive fashion with a remarkable display in midfield.

With so much strength in depth, keeping those not regularly involved happy is a big test for Potter.

“My experience is that players at all levels want to play and you have to respect that,” the Chelsea boss said.

“At the same time, it’s part of the deal to come to a club like Chelsea that there’s a lot of competition and you have to fight to play in the team, be ready to help the team and be ready to play your role.

“All you can do as a head coach is communicate the reasons why and kind of admit that you’re not always right. But we do it with good intentions and it’s important that we have a strong group, a strong collective, because it’s really hard to achieve anything without that.


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