‘We haven’t got another Reece James or another N’Golo Kanté’

Graham Potter’s good-vibes-only begin to lifestyles as Chelsea supervisor is about to be examined in the following few days and weeks as we head into the World Cup, with our damage record continuously rising and rising with avid gamers whom we actually can’t manage to pay for to lose. Reece James is the newest to enroll in, set to omit as much as 8 weeks with a knee damage (strained ligament, possibly).

As Potter himself put it the opposite day, we’re dropping avid gamers for whom we do not need replacements — no longer essentially as a result of we don’t have the numbers within the squad, however as a result of they’re so nice and so key that through definition, their backups can’t be as nice.

“[James’s] performances on the pitch are a realisation of how high his ceiling can be. He is that type of player with the world-class attributes he has got and the way he defends with Zaha and the way he defended with Leão in both games against Milan is a high, high level and he contributes in the attacking phase as well. He is a top, top player.”

“It would be wrong to say we won’t miss a player like Reece or NG [Kanté] – Wesley Fofana as well. […] We haven’t got another Reece James or another N’Golo Kanté.”

Outside of getting two Reeces or two N’Golos within the squad (which might make it 4 N’Golos if I’ve my math right kind), accidents to avid gamers like them continuously will also be season-changing. They don’t essentially need to be a crisis alternatively, if we will determine a technique to cope.

“That’s the job of the squad, my challenge is to find different solutions. […] You’ve got to find a different way of working in the team. Tactically, that’s a challenge but one we are up for.”

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Faced with a an identical scenario ultimate season, Thomas Tuchel’s solution was once principally to stay the similar methods and plug in numerous avid gamers within the wanted positions. And thus was once born the operating funny story of everyone enjoying wing-back, which actually wasn’t too some distance from the reality with the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, Saúl Ñíguez, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, amongst others, all taking turns. Tuchel did trace at shifting past Kanté-dependence in midfield, despite the fact that we by no means got to peer what that plan may have entailed.

So now it’s on Potter to determine an answer — whilst additionally urging a assessment of our fresh damage document.

“I don’t think you should blame everything on luck that’s for sure. I think we can have a look and see what we can do better. Obviously, I’ve been here a few weeks so I haven’t got the answers completely. But clearly, we want to always try to improve and that’s an area that we can probably improve.”

-Graham Potter; supply: Football.London

The new head trainer has targeted most commonly at the emotional, human facet of control thus far when talking in public, despite the fact that he has proven flexibility in formations and team of workers already as neatly.

But this … this will likely now certainly take a look at his tactical mettle.

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