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Graham Potter to Chelsea: What to Expect As New Blues Boss Takes Over

Chelsea's new manager has a big challenge to lift the team up

Following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel after trailing against Dynamo Zagreb in the Champions League, Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter has left his club to take over at Chelsea in a desperate attempt to revive the team.

Tuchel's departure has not gone down well with many, as the German coach won the Champions League after five months in charge, reached five finals in less than two seasons and won three titles. Not to mention that in the past transfer window, where Chelsea spent a massive £254 million, signings were made with Tuchel's concepts in mind.

There is no turning back now. Graham Potter must rouse Chelsea from their sluggish start to the season, which has left them sixth in the Premier League, six points behind leaders Arsenal and three points out of the Champions League places.

Potter has brought the best out of a modest Brighton side over the past two seasons. Now he will have a multimillion-dollar squad at his command to make it shine.

Similar but different structure

The main similarity between Potter's system and Tuchel's is that both tend to play with three center-backs. The differences start to appear in the midfield.

At Brighton, Potter went for a 3-5-2 formation, with a solid midfield of Gross-MacAllister-Caicedo. This trio gave ample freedom to the wingbacks to attack, and total creativity to the two attackers, Mwepu and Welbeck.

At Chelsea, he will have the weapons to employ a similar style, but with better performers. Kanté, Jorginho, and Kovacic in midfield could provide him with a similar dynamic as in Brighton, but with more punch. Aubameyang, Havertz, and Sterling could rotate up front, filling the two remaining spots in the XI.

Another important aspect for Potter is building the game from the bottom up. Thiago Silva is a man tailor-made to work as a sweeper, he comes out very well with the ball at his feet, however, Potter will have to work a lot with the newly acquired Kalidou Koulibaly and Wesley Fofana. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta could occupy the defensive trio, providing a better first pass.

On the wings, Potter will be reunited with Marc Cucurella, whom he had at Brighton last season to bring him to his best. Reece James on the right and Ben Chilwell on the left are guaranteed options to replicate Potter's tactics effectively.

Motivation will be crucial

Chelsea is a team that historically goes from heaven to earth, and immediately returns to the top. Rarely do we see the "Blues" maintain soccer consistency, the team tends to take off and fall from one season to the next.

We remember the 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea, who failed to even make it past the first round in Europe the following season. The team of the last two seasons was spectacular, and now we see an unrecognizable London club, basically relying on the same players and reinforced with new acquisitions.

The mental aspect will be important to get the best out of Chelsea and Graham Potter will need to motivate his team to get the "eye of the tiger" back.

The last game against Spurs was a clear example of a lack of attitude on the pitch. Chelsea were winning and dominating the game, but they were unable to increase the difference to finish it off. It's part of soccer to miss in front of goal, but it's another thing to show a lack of passion when playing. Tottenham ended up equalizing in the last play of the game, being a team that tried hard as if their life depended on it. That was the difference in terms of mentality.