Cucurella open up on reuniting with Potter

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Marc Cucurella open up on reuniting with Graham Potter at Chelsea; speaks on the intensity of the Premier League.

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella has opened up on reuniting with former Brighton manager Graham Potter.

The left back spent last season under Potter and helping Brighton achieve their highest Premier league finish.

Cucurella moved to Chelsea this summer, starting life under former Blues manager Thomas Tuchel before the German was replaced by Potter.

Speaking about the fate that has brought them together again in the same club the Spaniard said: “It’s strange but this is football. I never imagined it and I don’t think he ever imagined we would be here together but it’s good.

“The most important thing is he’s a very good coach. He has already done some good work here, the team is very nice and he works well so we have an important person to win games and to keep this this team on a high level.”

It is that intensity which struck Cucurella early in his Premier League career, even if he has adapted and grown more confident over the past 13 months.

“The players are big athletes here and it’s more physical,” he explained. “If you lose the ball in the box, it’s counter-attack. In my first game in the Premier League, I lost the ball on the halfway line and the opponents had a good chance.

“Now I’m older and my style is not only physical. I think I play good with the ball, I see the spaces, my mind works quicker.

“When I was younger, whenever I lost or played badly, the next game I was very nervous but now, if my mind stays good, I can keep my level high. That is one of the reasons I have a lot more confidence in myself.”

 

 

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