ESPN are evaluating Chelsea’s performance under Graham Potter and whether they appear to be improving from their performance under Thomas Tuchel.
Results are definitely there, and certain things have gotten better, but the main challenge still lies in getting this team to score the goals that their strong play warrants.
Raheem Sterling was signed with the intention of scoring goals, but he hasn’t scored in nine games, as one ESPN pundit noted.
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This problem, which ultimately baffled Tuchel, will take more than a few weeks to resolve.
Their conversation is captured in the video here that is embedded:
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“Hard not to agree with this analysis. Potter has done well overall given what he walked into, but the attack still has to improve—it is not world class at the moment. Auba missed what probably should have been 2 goals vs Salzburg. A Haaland, Lewandowski, or Kane converts those.
“Long-term we need a #9 of that quality because a guy like Sterling can’t be relied upon to score 20 (or even 15) on his own. If you look at his most prolific years at City, most of his goals come off of quick-paced ball movement, not necessarily from him having to create his own shots. As was the case under Tuchel, we see Potter’s Chelsea still tend to fall into periods of ponderous, unimaginative possession against packed defenses and this has much to do with Sterling going 9 games without a goal.
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“Though Sterling and Pulisic at wing back won’t work week in and week out in the Prem, it was definitely effective in helping create overloads and pressure vs Salzburg. How will Potter contrive to unsettle biggie, stronger, and better organized defenses going forward is the question.”