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"Should be the minimum" - Graham Potter sets Chelsea standards after huge Champions League win

Robert Calcutt

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"Should be the minimum" - Graham Potter sets Chelsea standards after huge Champions League win

Graham Potter has revealed his high standards at Chelsea following their huge Champions League victory against AC Milan on Wednesday night.

The Blues were 3-0 winners at Stamford Bridge against the reigning Serie A Champions, a result that has seen them climb from bottom of Group E to second.

It was Chelsea’s fifth win of the campaign so far, and also the first match since the start of the season that they have kept a clean sheet.

They are now at the halfway point of the Champions League group stages, with the reverse fixture at the San Siro set to take place next week.

After the win, Potter spoke to the media and revealed the high standards he has at the club.

When commenting on the difference between his side and that of previous boss Thomas Tuchel, he said: “We've just been working hard. It's as simple as that. 

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“The players have responded well. I've been impressed with how open, honest, and responsible they are. 

“I think they knew the level had dropped a little bit, and when you do that at this level, you can be punished. So it's a credit to the players that they've tried to take on the things we've spoken about, and it's just the start for us today. 

“I'm part of the team, I guess, but it's the players that go out there, the players that do it. My job is just to remind them they can play at the level they showed today. 

“That should be the minimum for us today.”

The Blues opened the scoring through Wesley Fofana, with the Frenchman netting his first goal for the club since his summer arrival from Leicester City.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang then scored his second goal in as many games in the second half, tapping in from close range from Reece James’ cross.

Graham Potter against AC Milan. (Alamy)
Graham Potter against AC Milan. (Alamy)

James got onto the scoresheet himself soon after with a powerful finish from inside the area, ensuring that Chelsea secured such a crucial win on home soil.

Despite the joy of the result, the west London side will be disappointed to have seen Fofana subbed off due to injury.

He was spotted leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches, a shame considering how well he did in his limited time on the pitch against Milan.

Potter was asked about the defender’s status after the game, but revealed he does not yet know how serious the injury is.

“We don't know yet. That's the one disappointing thing about the evening. 

“We need to scan, and fingers crossed. I wouldn't want to speculate on it now, but we're concerned, and we need to wait for tomorrow, get it scanned and hope for the best. It is what it is.”

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Graham Potter, Champions League, AC Milan

Robert Calcutt
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