Graham Potter says Reece James’ potential is ‘beyond heaven’

Graham Potter said Reece James’ potential was “beyond heaven” after his outstanding performance against AC Milan reignited Chelsea’s Champions League campaign.

Wing-back James struck home the Blues’ final goal in an emphatic 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge against the Serie A champions after setting up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal after Wesley Fofana’s first-half opener.

A fine evening for the hosts was marred only by the summer signing of £72million Fofana, who was limping in the first half with a knee injury, which has left head coach Potter “concerned”.

But the former Brighton manager was full of praise for England international James and claimed he could become a club legend after Chelsea got their European challenge back on track after just a single point from their first two Group E games.

“I think Reece is just an amazing player and he’s a young player so he’s always evolving,” Potter said.

“He’ll only get better as we keep going. I really enjoyed working with him, he has a lot to offer.

“He can play in any game in the world, he’s just great. My job is to try to help him reach his potential, because his potential is beyond heaven.

“For us, we love him. He’s so important to us.



My job is to try to help him reach his potential, because his potential is beyond heaven

Graham Potter on Reece James

“He could be a Chelsea legend, that’s the level he’s at, the potential he’s got.

“But for that he needs to be part of a successful team and that’s what we’re working towards.”

Centre-back Fofana scored his first Chelsea goal by finishing with 24 minutes on the clock in west London after a scramble on goal.

But the French defender soon left and later left the ground on crutches and with a knee brace, leaving Potter anxiously waiting to discover the extent of the problem.

Aubameyang’s second goal in two games after James’ beautiful cross from the right put the Blues in complete control early in the second period, before the latter thundered the game into the Italian visitors’ goal.

Discussing Fofana’s problem, Potter said, “We don’t know yet. That’s the only disappointing thing about this evening. We need to scan tomorrow and keep our fingers crossed.

“I don’t want to speculate on that now but we are concerned and will just have to wait for tomorrow, have it scanned and hope for the best.

“These things happen, he’s a young guy, a strong guy, we’re going to support him. But as I said, not too much to report at the moment, but we hope for the best.”

Rade Krunic missed a golden chance just before the break to equalize for the visitors but they managed little and were comfortably second best.

Milan manager Stefano Pioli said his players were “injured” and urged them to react during Saturday’s home game against Juventus before Chelsea visit the San Siro next week.

“We could have done a lot better,” he said. “It’s clear that our opponents played at a very high level, but we weren’t precise enough in our decision-making.

“We didn’t start the game particularly badly, but after a few minutes we tried to do things that weren’t part of our game and our opponents were able to take advantage of the space behind us, they were so quick.

“We have to try and reverse that result at the San Siro in the next game.

“This heavy defeat must make us react quickly. We’re injured but that will give us even more determination and focus as we prepare for the next game, which will be very difficult.”

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