Before their crucial Premier League matchup on Saturday night, Chelsea head coach Graham Potter warned his team about the threat posed by Manchester United’s outstanding attacking five.
The Blues manager singled out Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Antony, and Bruno Fernandes as the key players to monitor and lauded Erik ten Hag for turning around their seasons.
Even though Chelsea’s five-game winning streak in all competitions came to an end on Wednesday with a goalless draw against Brentford, Potter is yet to lose a game in his seven games as manager of the club.
With Erik ten Hag’s team, only a point behind Chelsea after rebounding from losing their first two games of the season, playing a resurgent United team may be his hardest test to date since taking over for Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.
The 47-year-old also has no illusions about the caliber of opposition his squad will face, complimenting former Ajax manager Ten Hag’s abilities and singling out United’s front four as the dangerous men for his side to be wary of.
At a press conference on Friday, Potter expressed his admiration for Ten Hag and the work he has accomplished over his career as well as his caliber as a coach. As they enter the competition phase, you can observe how people modify and adapt.
Although they certainly didn’t have a fantastic start from their perspective, he believes that [Man United] have done well. It will be a difficult game because they have fought back and are now scoring points and playing well. They’ve altered a little bit in terms of how they build up, he said, using somewhat longer balls and being more direct.
However, they still possess the same quality. Rashford, Antony, and Sancho all pose threats to them. There are many parallels between them, and Bruno Fernandes is important to them; however, they merely seem to have grown accustomed to one another and to know one another better.