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Graham Potter lauds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Chelsea fitness update offered

Nick Emms

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Graham Potter lauds Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Chelsea fitness update offered

Chelsea boss Graham Potter has heaped praise on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and offered a fitness update on the forward after his goal against Crystal Palace.

The 33-year-old arrived on Deadline Day under previous head coach Thomas Tuchel.

The pair shared a strong relationship during their time at Borussia Dortmund and was a huge factor in the Gabon international joining Chelsea.

Speaking upon his arrival earlier in September, Aubameyang said: “It will be an honour and a joy again (to play under Tuchel), we had some good times in Dortmund together so I am really happy to play for him again.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace. (Alamy)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring against Crystal Palace. (Alamy)

"We will achieve some big things, I am sure of this and I will try to help the team.

"Come on you blues!"

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However, the German head coach was dismissed just days after Aubameyang's arrival.

The stirker only played one match under the former boss before Graham Potter replaced Tuchel in the dugout at Chelsea.

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly has reassured Aubameyang of his position in the squad, revealing that he was signed as a club transfer rather than Tuchel deciding to bring him in.

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Potter admitted that he was looking forward to coaching Aubameyang after his arrival and the 33-year-old netted on his Premier League debut for the Blues against Crystal Palace.

Speaking after the match, as quoted by football.london, Potter heaped praise on the forward.

When asked about the goal, he said: “It was an important goal.

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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)

"He has been working hard to get himself up to Premier League fitness and I have been really impressed with him.

"But any forward will tell you it is important for them to score and it was an important goal for us.”

Aubameyang will hope that he can build on his first goal for the club when Chelsea face AC Milan in midweek.

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It's a must-win game for the Blues, who currently sit bottom of their Champions League group.


Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Chelsea, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Graham Potter, Football, Premier League

Nick Emms
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