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Potter praises Chelsea development after third successive win

By Sports Desk March 11, 2023

Graham Potter believes Chelsea's impressive week is indicative of the development of his team following their 3-1 win at Leicester City.

Prior to last Saturday's win over Leeds United, Chelsea had claimed just two wins from 12 games.

But that victory was followed by a 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund that sent them into the Champions League quarter-finals and a strong seven days was capped in style at the King Power Stadium.

Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic were all on target for the Blues, with Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk each performing well as several of the host of new additions Chelsea brought in during the January transfer window provided compelling evidence they are settling into the team.

Chelsea remain 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and face a battle to play any kind of European football next season.

Potter, though, was very upbeat after their third successive win.

He told Sky Sports: "It's been a really positive week for us, three wins against Leeds, Dortmund and today says a lot about the development of the team.

"It's a hard fought game, as they always are, but in the end I thought we deserved to win.

"Three wins in the week at this level is very pleasing. Now we have to follow that up with a win next weekend and then into the international break. We will try to get three points against Everton."

Chilwell and Wesley Fofana got a frosty reception as they faced their former club, but Potter was thrilled with their response.

"Ben answered it in the perfect way, it was one of those games where the home crowd made it difficult but they handled it well," he added. 

"It wasn't a straightforward game, Leicester had chances and we had to suffer but that will get better as we keep going.

"Our defensive record has been good in terms of goals conceded in the Premier League and the mentality is strong in the team. They give everything, they want to keep the ball out of the net and we have players on the other side who want to put the ball in the back of the net."

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