Graham Potter praises two Chelsea players for their crucial contributions to Leeds’ victory.
Graham Potter praised Wesley Fofana for his victory over Leeds United. Potter, however, acknowledges that the Chelsea defender has been a “big miss” this year.
The former Leicester City defender, who replaced the injured Thiago Silva, scored the game’s lone goal early in the second half. It gave the Blues their first Premier League victory of the season on Saturday.
However, this is just the 22-year-old’s fifth league start of the season. Fofana rose above his defender to head in a corner kick for the hosts, ending a run of 396 minutes without a goal.
The victory lessens the pressure on Potter, who can thank the defender for securing the three points.
Potter, speaking to BBC Sport. “Wesley Fofana has been a huge loss for us.”
“He is one of the athletes who has missed some time due to injury. He attacks the ball aggressively in the box and is physically strong and courageous with the ball. We were successful as a result of it.”
Ben Chiwell’s cross also led to Chelsea’s game-winning goal. The defender is another person whose season was cut short by an injury.
However, Chiwell is back in the lineup and has started Chelsea’s last four games, with Potter emphasizing his significance.
In his post-game presser, he stated: “When you’re not winning, that doesn’t matter. It’s what I’ve been talking about a bit.
“However, Ben Raheem and Wesley are promoting these players in the Premier League. Over the week, Ben has grown more and more robust. I believe that he had a significant impact on the game today.”
Players character is outstanding.
Chelsea is still in 10th place despite the win, but Potter believes this win could signal a turning point.
“It is enormous, ecstatic for the players and fans. We had to endure pain. It’s been a difficult time.
“I thought we played and attacked well in the first half. We were a team with something to lose, so the players’ character was outstanding. They showed concern for one another and teamwork. It gives us a foundation on which to build.”