Chelsea began a new era as newly-appointed head coach Graham Potter took charge of his first game against Salzburg in the UEFA Champions League.
It did not exactly go as planned though as a Noah Okafor goal in the 75th minute for Salzburg cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s opener to end the game 1-1.
Potter has come out to give an honest assessment of the situation in his first post-match interview as Chelsea manager.
Potter reflects on his first Chelsea result
“We are disappointed with the result, the boys gave everything. Attacked quite well, missed a bit in the final bit in the first half. Scored a good goal,” Potter told BT Sport in his post-match interview.
On his feelings about the result, the English manager had few words, “overall, disappointed, it wasn’t quite to be today.”
He did draw some positives from the result though, “a little moment for the goal, apart from that we responded well. It is what it is, we have to dust ourselves down. We will get better.”
“It’s always irritating when you concede. Overall, the defensive performance was quite good. The little details we have to improve. First game, it’s not been easy for the boys, they’ve responded well to us. It’s not the result we wanted, it’s a point we have to take it. We will get better,” Potter said.
Chelsea living dangerously in the Champions League
As it stands, Chelsea are bottom of the group with just one point and back-to-back games against AC Milan coming up, it doesn’t look good and the new manager is the first to admit it.
“It’s not the position we want to be in but we have to respond, it’s as simple as that. It’s a tough group but there’s enough quality in the squad and we have to respond to those two games,” Potter said.
“We know we have to win and be competitive. We are at the start of a process together as staff and players. I can only comment on the response we had and I am looking forward to working and make this team competitive and one supporters are proud of,” Potter rounded up.