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Graham Potter: Koulibaly Gives Interesting Reason Chelsea Boss Is a Great Manager
- Kalidou Koulibaly is experiencing his first season in England and has played for two managers already
- The Senegalese was brought to England by Thomas Tuchel and currently plays under Graham Potter
- He has now explained why Graham Potter is a great manager amid calls for his sack
Chelsea spent £33m to sign 31-year-old experienced defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Serie A side Napoli to replace Antonio Rudiger, who left on a free transfer to Real Madrid in the summer.
The big defender was still struggling to adapt to life in England when the manager that endorsed his signing, Thomas Tuchel, was shown the exit and replaced by former Brighton manager Graham Potter.
The Senegalese international continues to struggle to adapt and recently lost his place to new signing Benoit Badiashile, but that has not tainted his relationship with the manager, whom he had good words to say about him.
Koulibaly praises Potter as a great manager
The 47-year-old manager is under increasing pressure to turn the results around and has been given two games ultimatum or could face the sack, as reported by Football London, but Koulibaly has rallied behind his manager.
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“Graham Potter is very good at communicating with everyone. And he doesn’t care if you cost £100-million or £20-million. He will treat you in the same way. That’s the mark of a great manager,” he told Sun Sports.
This comes as no surprise that Potter is an excellent communicator. As reported by Athletic UK, he has a Master's degree in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership from Leeds Metropolitan University.
The AFCON 2021 winner also urged fans to be patient with him as he needs time to adapt, and he promised to show who he is during his three years contract at the club.
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“It’s not a difficult season, but I need time to adapt, and I knew that. When I decided to come here, I was well aware that it wouldn’t be easy. I have a three-year contract, and I am calm. I have time to show everybody who I am,” he said.
Thiago Silva ruled out for six weeks
Koulibaly has been presented with a chance to prove his experience and leadership in the absence of injured Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.
The former Napoli man would be expected to step up and lead young defenders Wesley Fofana, Trevoh Chalobah and Benoit Badiashile in Silva's absence.