Graham Potter is Delighted after Salzburg win. giving Credit to the Boys he said: “they’ve been fantastic.”
Chelsea secured their spot in the Champions League‘s final 16 with a 2-1 victory over Red Bull Salzburg. The road to qualification was long and difficult when the Blues drew with their Austrian opponents at Stamford Bridge in Graham Potter’s first game in charge, but Chelsea has now overcome it.
Mateo Kovacic‘s first-time goal gave Chelsea’s trip to Salzburg an impressive start, but Potter will have been disappointed with the number of chances his team squandered in the first half.
The Blues were aware they would have to work hard to win after Junior Adamu’s wonderful finish early in the second period, but Kai Havertz‘s superb strike from the right side of the field was the magical moment they needed and was enough to send them through.
Potter was satisfied with what he witnessed in 90 minutes. He explained: "It's not easy to win here, you can see that from the record they have. I thought we performed really well and had some good chances in the first half. We were unlucky not to be more than 1-0 up and then one action at this level, and we're 1-1. The response was really good and to go through with a game to spare is really pleasing."
• on Kai Havertz's goal: "It was amazing. Makes my job a lot easier when they can do that. Great for him, really pleased for him." • on replacing Kova: "There was a bit of tightness in his calf. Hopefully, it is not too bad."
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• on approach for Dinamo Zagreb game: "We're at home at Stamford Bridge so we'll try out very best. We've got a game at the weekend and another game the weekend after, so maybe we can rotate a little bit."