‘He just won’t waver’: what Chelsea can expect from Graham Potter

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His former players recall how the manager cut his teeth at Östersund and Swansea, before rising to further prominence

“Which way do you want to die?” That was the question Graham Potter posed his players in the pre-match meeting before his Swansea side tackled Manchester City in the FA Cup three years ago. “It was: ‘They can either beat you with you laying on your back, tickling your belly, or they can beat you if you give it a right good go,” says Matt Grimes, a fixture under Potter during his sole season in charge of Swansea and now captain of the club.

“Because if you sit in a 10-man block, they’ll break you down and beat you anyway, so you might as well make a fist of it while you’re doing it. That’s how he sold it, we were all on the same page and in the end we ran them really close.”

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Written by Ben Fisher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/sep/10/id-totally-lost-my-love-of-football-graham-potter-brought-it-back under the title “‘He just won’t waver’: what Chelsea can expect from Graham Potter”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.