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Chelsea vs Salzburg LIVE: News of the Champions League team as Graham Potter lists the first squad as manager

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Chelsea will return to the Champions League action on Wednesday night and it will be a meeting of many pioneers – including the West London club hoping for their first group stage win. This is due to an unexpected defeat in the previous game against Dynamo Zagreb which led to the dismissal of Thomas Tuchel. Graham Potter is there instead and it will be both his first game for the club and the first game of his career in that competition.

This will now be Potter’s only match with his team until October, and both last weekend and this weekend, Chelsea’s matches will be postponed and the international break will begin shortly thereafter.

Salzburg managed to draw AC Milan last week in Group E, and The Blues will face the Italian champions in the next European games next month.

Follow all the action and build as Chelsea face RB Salzburg below:


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In a way, it underlines how disappointing it was for The Blues to be defeated after the last departure.

Today is their chance to fix it, albeit under a new boss in the dugout. It’s almost time for Potter’s reign at Chelsea to begin.


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Before the start, group update: AC Milan beat Dinamo Zagreb 3-1 at San Siro in an early start, making the group look like this before Chelsea kick off:

  1. Milan 4 points
  2. Dynamo 3 points
  3. Salzburg 1 points
  4. Chelsea 0 points

Victory tonight will, of course, give the Blues back a lot of free time.


Latest Chelsea vs Salzburg news

Graham Potter plays close to the chest when it comes to whether it’s a three or four in defense – some suggestion in social media circles that Cucurella will stay behind and Mason Mount on the wing. The boss doesn’t tell us, so we’ll find out in about half an hour!

“Good experience and know-how. I will not reveal too much, you can guess! There may be four in the back! ” – He said.

“We have been working for several days and we want to use the strengths of the players.

“They attack and defend with true unity and they are a strong team.”


Why does Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wear a mask for Chelsea in the Champions League?

Graham Potter has since replaced Thomas Tuchel as manager since the Gabonese striker joined and will likely remain a key part of The Blues’ attack on their way to kick off the season.

Aubameyang’s debut in Zagreb saw the 33-year-old wearing a mask as the Croatian side shocked the Londoners 1-0 and finished Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

Aubameyang continues to wear the mask as he recovers from a broken jaw, although on Tuesday during an open training session in Cobham, he was able to train without a personalized protection piece. This suggests that he will soon be able to train and play without a mask.


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It’s worth taking a look at Chelsea’s domestic form this season … by which we actually mean Chelsea’s form that gave Tuchel a free hand.


Champions League Group E

A quick reminder of the state of play in the Chelsea group so far:

GW1: Chelsea Dynamo 1-0; Salzburg 1-1 Milan

GW2: Chelsea vs Salzburg; Milan is currently hosting Dynamo

  1. Dynamo 3 points
  2. Milan 1 point
  3. Salzburg 1 points
  4. Chelsea 0 points

(Chelsea FC via Getty Images)


Graham Potter as Chelsea manager takes on “a very different challenge”

Chelsea’s new manager Graham Potter says he will approach a “very different challenge” in the same way he would in an entire coaching career spent largely outside the spotlight.

The 47-year-old Englishman took on by far his greatest coaching job, teething his teeth at the Swedish club Ostersunds in seven years, before a brief stint at Swansea and then an impressive performance in Brighton.

Potter’s methods at Brighton have improved his reputation, but the level of expectation at Chelsea will be a new experience for a man with a tip on a future England manager.

“You have to look at the football club, tradition, quality, competing in the Premier League and the Champions League, it’s a completely different challenge than what I had,” said Potter, who will take charge for the first time as Chelsea hosted Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday .

“I’m very, very excited as you can imagine, and can’t wait to get started.”


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Graham Potter has a quick note for home supporters in his Chelsea program notes.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the fans and I want to thank you for the support you have shown me in response to my meeting.”

They’ll be friendlier tonight if you score points, Mr. P.


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Of course there is no reason to be suspicious – Freund works for RB Salzburg, so naturally he would be there. But he’s one of the names talked about when Chelsea are looking for people to guide their future recruitment, after the accidental first summer transfer window for Todd Boehly.


Chelsea vs Salzburg confirmed lineups

Graham Potter’s first XI is here too: it’s 4-3-3, Kepa in line for the goal, Azpilicueta a seemingly central defender with Thiago Silva and Aubameyang in the lead. It could be 4-2-3-1 if Mount is number 10 instead of next to Kovacic.

Chelsea XI: Kepa, James, Azpilicueta, Silva, Cucurella, Jorginho, Kovacic, Mount, Sterling, Aubameyang, Havertz.


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