Graham Potter keen on tactical solution

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Chelsea have suffered huge blow with injured players but Graham Potter is seeking solution on how to cope with absentees.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter is keen on finding solution to their tactics after suffering huge blow to injury.

The Blues right back Reece James suffered injury in the Champions League match against AC Milan while N’golo Kante is still a big doubt for the Stamford Bridge side.

The former Brighton manager has now outlined how the team can cope with the absence of the midfielder and right back.

It would be wrong of me to say that we’re not going to miss players like Reece and N’Golo,” Potter said. “That’s normal, and Wesley Fofana as well, but that’s the job of the squad and it’s my challenge to find a different solution.

“We haven’t got another Reece James or another N’Golo Kante so you have to find a different way of working within the team. Tactically it’s a challenge but it’s one that we’re up for and we have to find those solutions.”

There were hopes that James’s injury was not too serious, but James has spent the past few days in pain and Potter insisted that was a typical reaction for players to experience.

“I think it’s pretty normal that as soon as there’s a bit of discomfort a day or two after, you get it checked properly so that’s what we’ll do,” he explained.

“It normally takes 24 or 48 hours to settle down. He’s been in fantastic form for us. I’ve really enjoyed working with him and really enjoyed how he’s played so fingers crossed we’ll wait for good news.

“He’s a player with world-class attributes and the way he defended against [Wilfried] Zaha and against [Rafael] Leao in both games against Milan is high level, plus he can still contribute in the attacking phase. I thought the first half especially the other night he was amazing, him and Mason down that right side did really well.”






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