Graham Potter has spoken to the media forward of Chelsea’s journey to face Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Blues stand to be with out right-back Reece James, who the boss confirmed is being despatched for additional assessments amid issues his knee damage could possibly be extreme sufficient to rule him out of the World Cup.
There have been loads of different matters on the agenda, nevertheless, and listed below are the highlights.
Has Kante suffered a setback in his restoration from damage?
“He’s as a result of see a advisor on the weekend. It’s a setback so it’s not excellent news. However something aside from that, at this stage I can’t provide you with any extra.”
Are you apprehensive that he retains getting injured?
“Traditionally, there are issues which have occurred that are a priority and we have to get the underside of that. It’s a setback within the final stage of his rehab so once more that’s worrying. However all we are able to do is get the correct prognosis, the correct session, after which attempt to assist him get again to full health and having fun with his soccer.”
How has Edouard Mendy responded to being behind Kepa within the pecking order?
“He’s been nice, perspective incredible, and supporting the group. He was clearly injured once I arrived and Kepa has performed, achieved nicely and contributed to constructive outcomes. We’re within the scenario now the place we’ve got two actually good goalkeepers within the competitors and that’s what we have to push one another alongside.”
How have you ever discovered coping with big-name gamers?
“I’ve discovered it actually good. As I’ve mentioned many occasions, the gamers are open, trustworthy and accountable. They’re formidable and decided and need to do nicely. Up to now so good from my perspective.”
Are you prepared for large or exhausting conversations?
“So far as I’m conscious, they’re nonetheless human beings. There’s a media notion once they get to a sure stage that they develop a second head or one thing they usually develop into not like the remainder of us. That’s simple to place on the market however the actuality just isn’t the case.
“At Brighton, there weren’t ‘huge’ gamers however Adam Lallana received the Champions League and performed for Liverpool for seven years, Danny Welbeck has had a great profession and I spoke to these guys and did alright with them regardless of their second head as a result of gamers have huge egos.”
You make it sound simple?
“You underestimate that in Premier League squads, there are 24 gamers who all need to play and know the implications in the event that they do nicely. So once you don’t decide them, they’re upset and their egos are broken and they’re damage and upset. Persons are complicated in all walks of life and it’s not simple this job regardless of the stage. Up to now we’ve got managed it okay.”
What do you make of Steven Gerrard’s struggles?
“The margins are very small as we’ve mentioned within the Premier League. I’m positive Steven will need to enhance the outcomes and can be trying to this sport to strive to do this. Had they overwhelmed Nottingham Forest they might have gone above Liverpool, in order that reveals you ways rapidly issues can change.
“We’ve to ensure we’re prepared for the problem. Within the Premier League, there’s all the time somebody underneath strain. In the mean time it’s Steven however he has the standard and expertise and can come via I’m positive. So he has to ensure we’re good ourselves and with the best respect, not fear to a lot about Aston Villa and focus on ourselves.”