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'Not Good For Group Dynamic': Potter On Why He Won't Have Fixed Starting XI

Graham Potter put in a heavily rotated squad against Wolves. Only four players who featured against Milan kept their place in the starting XI against Wolverhampton: MountChalobahKepa and Loftus-Cheek.

The Chelsea boss has explained his approach after the game that saw the Blues beat the visitors 3-0.

“To recover and prepare isn’t straightforward but we have a good group that are committed, that are together, that are fighting for each other so that is positive. It’s a credit to the players,” he said, as quoted by We Ain't Got No History.

“We can’t succeed with just eleven players and I don’t think it’s right to just keep eleven going until they fall down, get injured and then we play the next ones. That is not good for the group dynamic. At the same time, I am conscious that if we lose today you’d have come with me asking why I didn’t play Aubameyang, that is how it is.

“But as long as the reason is there, as long as I know in my head why we’ve made the decision, someone has to take it. Today it’s worked out well and credit to the players because the group is really together and pushing for each other. It’s important everybody knows we can’t do it with just eleven.”

“It won’t necessarily have to be like this, you have to take every situation on its own. But if you’re playing three games a week, going from Champions League and then two days later to Premier League, you have to make a decision around fresh players, players that are determined and desperate to play, there is that aspect.

“We’ve got a good group here, it’s a good squad with lots of competition and you need people fighting for each other, supporting each other, wanting to play and ready to help. We saw that today. Kai scored, Christian scored and Armando scored, so that’s really pleasing.”


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