‘Taking risks’: New Chelsea man admits he’s taking a chance in his career by joining Blues

New Chelsea manager Graham Potter has claimed he understands he’s taking a risk by taking the job as the Blues manager.

The 47-year-old was headhunted by the Blues owners after Thomas Tuchel’s shock sacking last week, with many completely stunned by how early Todd Boehly showed the successful German the door.

Impressing at Brighton was enough for Potter to be handed the job, leaving the Seagulls sat in fourth place in the league, boasting the joint-best defensive record out of anyone in the top flight.

A few pundits were surprised Potter was the one handed the role, with candidates such as Mauricio Pochettino and Zinedine Zidane available and boasting far more European pedigree.

However, it has since been revealed that Boehly is a great admirer of Potter, scouting him out way before the decision to sack Tuchel was made.

Potter understands risks taken

With this being said, the decision the former Brighton boss has made to jump ship from a successful and promising project to come to the unknown of Chelsea, especially under the new ownership structure.

He has claimed however that he’s excited for what’s to come at Stamford Bridge.

He said: “It’s the start of a really exciting period. I was really excited and impressed by [the new ownership], firstly as people and then the vision for the club and what they wanted to do.

“Life is about taking risks, it’s about doing something that’s a bit outside of what you’re comfortable with because then it allows you to grow and develop.”

Blues fans will be excited to see how Potter’s style of football can change their team, with many players who were on the fringes under Tuchel being offered another chance to impress.

With that being said, he will also be on immense pressure to live up to the standards set by his predecessor.

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