Graham Potter insists that he is not “naive” enough to expect a happy homecoming.

Graham Potter maintains that he is not “naive” enough to expect a joyous homecoming when when his Chelsea they visit old club Brighton on Saturday.

The 47-year-old coach departed the Amex Stadium last month to take over as Blues manager in replacement of Thomas Tuchel, and he has yet to lose a match with his new team. “These things happen in football, sometimes you get these opportunities and you have to

take them or not,” Potter said.

“It’s about a decision and the decision to work here was too good to turn down.”

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Potter ahead of Brighton:

“They’ve been unlucky, performances have been good. They haven’t had too much luck from what I’ve seen. I know the qualities of the team.”

On team news: “Pretty much the same as we were against Salzburg. Kovacic had a problem with his calf but it was just fatigue. Koulibaly is okay but no chance for tomorrow, maybe Wednesday.”

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On leaving Brighton: “Timing wasn’t great for anybody, but sometimes that happens. Then it’s a decision, and a decision to work here was too hard to turn down.”

On being undefeated as Chelsea manager and Brighton having not won since he left: “The difference is luck, we’ve picked up the points and had luck. You have to say that, Brighton haven’t had luck.”

On Sterling’s concerns: “It’s no and no in terms of concerns. Raheem’s quality speaks for itself. It is about the team functioning better.”

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