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Inside Chelsea's dressing room mood under Graham Potter after 'massive' Crystal Palace win

Nick Emms

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Inside Chelsea's dressing room mood under Graham Potter after 'massive' Crystal Palace win

Conor Gallagher has revealed Chelsea's mood after his late winner over Crystal Palac in Graham Potter's Premier League opener.

The Blues went a goal down early on as Odsonne Edouard met Jordan Ayew's cross to frustrate Chelsea.

Kepa Arrizabalaga made a couple of saves to keep the Blues in the match before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's strike.

The 33-year-old scored his first Chelsea goal upon his return to the Premier League, a fantastic turn and shot to finish from Thiago Silva's headed pass.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing past Vicente Guaita. (Alamy)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing past Vicente Guaita. (Alamy)

With just minutes to go, it was the substitute Gallagher who produced a moment of magic.

The midfielder hit an incredible strike which dipped into the top corner of the net to give Chelsea all three points upon his return to Selhurst Park, where he was on loan last season.

Speaking to Chelsea after the match, Gallagher revealed the mood in the dressing room as well as discussing his personal emotions after netting his first goal for his boyhood club.

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He said: "I’m feeling good, a really special moment for me to get my first goal for Chelsea and for it to be the winner and a very important three points.

"It had to come against Palace unfortunately, but I’m really happy with the first goal and, most importantly, the winner.

"Yeah definitely (one of my best goals). As soon as it left my foot, I was thinking ‘that’s got to go in’.

"Thankfully it did and hopefully I can push on from there."

The midfielder continued to discuss the impact of Potter and what the three points on his Premier League debut for Chelsea meant to the head coach.

"It’s a massive win, it’s the new manager’s first Premier League game," he continued.

Conor Gallagher celebrating his goal against Crystal Palace. (Alamy)
Conor Gallagher celebrating his goal against Crystal Palace. (Alamy)

"It was really important that we got a good result and we knew it would be tough against Palace away, always is, so to get the three points is very important. It has been a bit strange (the amount of time between games).

"He’s had a lot of time to work with the players, for training, everyone is excited to work with him. Everyone was ready today to give their best and thankfully we won.

"That’s exactly what he (Graham Potter) said (everyone has a part to play in coming weeks).

Chelsea manager Graham Potter (right) during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. (Alamy)
Chelsea manager Graham Potter (right) during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. (Alamy)

"We got two games every week for the next god knows how many weeks, so everyone is looking forward to it and ready.

"We are all going to work as hard as we can each game to get the best results we can."

Chelsea face AC Milan in midweek as they look to push on from the weekend's result and recover from the bottom of their Champions League group.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Graham Potter, Conor Gallagher, Crystal Palace, Football, Premier League

Nick Emms
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