Graham Potter gives first press conference on Champions League

Graham Potter has reflected on the tumultuous days he took charge of Chelsea.

Potter led Albion to a 5-2 win over Leicester on September 4 – and gave his first Champions League press conference today.

Chelsea meets Red Bull Salzburg tomorrow.

Potter said, “It’s nine days, but it feels like nine weeks or nine months.

“The beauty of football is that you never know what’s coming around the corner.

“Everything went very quickly, with many intensive discussions.

“Chelsea’s owners are good people, intelligent people who want to make a difference here.

“It’s a really exciting project and they have some big ideas on how to take the club forward. It felt really positive.

“It’s been a whirlwind, meeting people, leaving Brighton, learning more about the players. So far it’s been really, really positive.”

Potter joined Chelsea on the day of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.

He said: “It was one of those days where 20, 30, 40 years from now everyone will know where they were when it happened.

“And that will be easy for me to answer, that’s for sure. It was a harrowing day for me on many levels.

“Without sounding silly, I was probably the main news, then I didn’t become the news at all.

“When the Queen died you started thinking about your own life and for me it was childhood memories of my mother and father, many of which were centered around royal events. It just goes to show what a constant she was.”

Potter overhauled Östersunds’ entire line-up, taking a small club from Sweden’s fourth division to the Europa League between 2011 and 2018.

The new Blues boss may not have proven himself at the highest level but insisted there is no greater risk in taking on the challenge at Stamford Bridge than if he left for Sweden.

He said: “I left England aged 30 and went to a club that had sacked the manager every year for four years.

“I gave up a secure job and my wife gave up her business.

“Now I’m here 17 years later and I think I’ve taken cautious steps with my career.

“Life is about stepping out of your comfort zone, taking responsibility, and believing that we have more to offer than what’s here right now.

“When I went to Sweden I was working in the ninth division of English football. There was the floor, a few more levels, then I was there. I never intended to sit on such a level.

“But while ambition is good, responsibility is better. And my responsibility is to do my best at all levels.” Graham Potter gives first press conference on Champions League

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