Kanté still out as Potter looks ‘manage the balance between change and consistency’

Chelsea have lower than 72 hours between video games, from Wednesday evening to Saturday afternoon, as we tackle the Premier League’s lowest scoring staff, Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Bridge the following day. That’s slightly sufficient time to completely recuperate, which might imply a tight quantity of rotation from head trainer Graham Potter.

Fortunately, maximum everyone is have compatibility and to be had, save for Wesley Fofana and N’Golo Kanté. The former’s damage has been showed as “just” a knee pressure (so 4 weeks as an alternative of the remainder of the season) whilst the latter continues to development slowly from his hamstring pressure.

“Wesley is not as bad as we thought so that’s good, after the game of course we were concerned. It will be a few weeks I think but considerably better than it could be but we’ll miss him for a few weeks. [We] don’t want to put too much of a timescale on it, but there’s a chance [he plays before the World Cup].”

“[Kanté] is doing more and more integration with the team. Still not ready for the weekend but getting closer. […] There’s nothing we can do, the injury happened and now it’s about trying to get him back fit and get him ready as we can so he can sustain a period of play. He’s been a bit in and out with injuries over a period of time, so we have to make sure when he’s back, he’s back for good. Strong and enjoying his football.”

We’ve had slightly extra enjoyment in our soccer over the previous week, profitable back-to-back video games for the first time all season — for the first time since mid-April in reality.

Chelsea Training Session And Press Conference

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The trick now will likely be to handle that momentum and construct on that self belief, all the whilst managing mins, egos, and health. That from time to time will also be the hardest a part of the activity, however Potter’s hoping to set the staff up for luck thru flexibility, which must make discovering the proper balance, and doing so constantly, slightly more uncomplicated.

“We’ve made a little bit little bit of development when it comes to from the first day to now, as you are expecting and hope. There’s a protracted option to move. [We] wish to stay transferring ahead and I’m thus far proud of the development that the staff has made.

“[You] at all times believe the opponent, you believe the gamers that we’ve got […] I believe it’s vital to have a few choices as a result of the group of workers received’t be the identical for the subsequent 10 or 11 video games ahead of the World Cup wreck. It’s a actually intense duration the place it’s vital to have some choices. I believe we need to arrange the balance between change and consistency. If issues occur to be inconsistent at all times it may be destabilising.

“[…]To win the game against Wolves, we have to make sure everyone is recovered properly and pick the players we think will give us the best chance to win.”

-Graham Potter; supply: Football.London

Onwards and upwards!

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