Graham Potter says the ‘most important thing is the team’ amid question marks over his job as he seeks second win in a matter of days to alleviate mounting pressure
- Chelsea face Borussia Dortmund at Stamford Bridge in crucial clash on Tuesday
- Graham Potter waved away suggestions of pressure on his job to defend team
- Said that job was to help the team win games and not concentrate on pressure
Graham Potter has said that the weekend’s win over Leeds was ‘nice’ but attention was now on Tuesday night’s clash with Borussia Dortmund.
Chelsea’s season is hanging by a thread, with their chances of the top four all but extinguished and having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester City in the third round.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the Dortmund clash at Stamford Bridge, Potter waved away suggestions about the pressure on his job and said that the most important thing was the team.
‘It’s nice to have a win, that’s been positive for us. It felt like a good performance against Dortmund, should have scored but hats where we’re at,’ he said.
‘It’s a fanstatic evening for us, we’re looking to play well and hopefully go through. The most important thing is the team, My job is to help the team win.’
Asked about his team selection for the evening, Potter outlined what he thought each individual player might bring his side as Chelsea seek a path to the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
‘Kovacic’s an experienced player and we’re getting to know Enzo Fernandez, he’s a fantastic young player,’ he said. ‘We’ve got Reece (James) back tonight which is a plus, him and Ben (Chilwell) on the wings will be important.
‘It’s been a challenge. We’ve has players dropping out and it’s hard to get stability, they need a couple of game to get back.
‘We are where we are, but we have a lot of fantastic players. It’s about putting a good team on the pitch. The spirit from the boys has been really, really good despite a tough period of results.
It’s exciting, I’m looking forward to it. We’re very grateful to be here.’
Referencing the first leg, Potter said he felt his players dealt with the occasion well in Germany but encouraged them not to rest on their laurels
‘We’re very grateful to be here. I think overall we managed the game quite well quite well [in Germany], but no two games are the same, we have to start again. We have to be positive.’
Graham Potter said the most important thing is the team amid mounting pressure on his job