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Four Things Graham Potter Must Do to Maintain Chelsea’s Momentum Including Sticking to 3-4-3
- Chelsea won their second game in a row after beating Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League
- The positive result relieved pressure on Graham Potter who has endured a difficult time in the Blues' hot seat
- Chelsea will need to go all out for a win against Leicester City next to increase their chance of a European spot
Chelsea progressed to the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League after beating German opposition, Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate after scoring twice at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night.
It was the Blues' second win in four days after beating Leeds United in a Premier League tie at the weekend.
Chelsea must maintain this momentum as they face an uphill task of making the European places next season.
Sports Brief look at four things Graham Potter must do to maintain the momentum and turn the season around.
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Stick to a 3-4-3 formation
Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard and immediately adopted the 3-4-3 formation, which brought Chelsea great success. Close to the end of his days, fans heavily criticised it as the reason for his lack of goals, as reported by All Football.
Potter has preferred the 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-3 formation. After a run of poor results, he reverted to 3-4-3 and got wins against Leeds and Dortmund. The manager must now stick with his predecessor's ideology to see out the season.
Find Fernandez an ideal partner
Chelsea splashed a British record fee of £106.8 million on World Cup-winning midfielder, Enzo Fernandez, as reported by CNBC. Though the Argentine is versatile and can play all midfield positions, he is best deployed as an advanced midfielder.
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In his two games in this role, he was allowed to utilise his strength of long balls and winning the ball higher up the pitch. Mateo Kovacic is also not suited to the number 6 role, which leaves Denis Zakaria as the ideal partner for the former Benfica man.
Keep James and Chilwell fit
English defenders, Reece James and Ben Chilwell were central to Tuchel's success at Stamford Bridge. He deployed the two as wing-backs to make five defenders while utilising their attacking prowess in adding up numbers in the attacking phase.
The two had spells on the sidelines and missed the 2022 FIFA World Cup due to injuries, as reported by Football London. While it is essentially out of Potter's hands, the two stays must fit to give balance to the 3-4-3 outlook.
Bring voice to the touchline
Sports Brief previously reported on fans slamming Potter for not watching Kai Havertz retake a penalty after the German hit the foot of the post on his first attempt.
The English manager comes off as a soft personality who is relatively quiet on the touchline, but he has to be more vocal to help his team maintain the momentum.
Evening Standard reported the 47-year-old was more animated on the sidelines during the win over Leeds and showed more fight in the game against Dortmund.