According to William Gallas, Raheem Sterling is currently a “issue” at Chelsea, since Graham Potter has been playing him out of position.
Since Chelsea’s decision to fire Thomas Tuchel, Potter has only been in charge of one match, a 1-1 Champions League draw with Red Bull Salzburg.
For that game, Potter decided to start Sterling on the left side in a back three of Marc Cucurella, Thiago Silva, and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Gallas acknowledges that he does not comprehend Potter’s decision to place Chelsea’s £50 million summer acquisition from Manchester City on the field.
‘That is a problem. When I saw Sterling playing as left wing-back, I didn’t understand it,’ Gallas told Genting Casino.
‘It’s difficult for me to understand why he wants to experiment with something like this, especially in a Champions League game. You are playing at home and you put Cucurella as a centre-back, you have Fofana on the bench with Koulibaly, Chalobah on the bench, and you put Sterling as a left-wing back? I don’t understand.
‘In the end, they didn’t have a good result, they drew 1-1. People will always judge the result, and the question is why did he put those two players in those positions?
‘Graham Potter seems like a nice guy and a good manager, but I’m still waiting to see what he’s going to do to get Chelsea back to top form.
‘He looks very calm, and looks like he likes to have conversations with his players from what I see from the outside, but I don’t know if he’s like this in reality. I’m still waiting.
‘He did a good job at Brighton, but Chelsea is not Brighton, he has gone to another level with more expectations, more pressure, so it will be good to see if he can be the right manager.’