Just like Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter is obsessed with the back three systems. However, Potter’s style exhibits a bit of variation from Tuchel’s tactical approach as each player is assigned a specific role and the English coach is tactically flexible, which was more evident in his first match against RB Salzburg.
Tomorrow, Graham Potter will make his league debut in charge of Chelsea and will be hoping for a win to kick-start his career in West London. However, in his first league match, he will experience a selection headache, especially in the left wing back position.
There are three contenders for this position after Raheem Sterling impressed as a hybrid wing back against RB Salzburg. Both Marc Cucurella and Ben Chilwel are very natural in this role, and both are in good shape to play it. It will be a bit unfair if Chilwel doesn’t start as he has been out for a while, but how on earth can you bench Sterling or Cucurella?
Chelsea’s leading goalscorer with four goals, and he deserves to start, while Cucurella has been performing admirably and seems to be an excellent partner for Sterling.
Potter will have to find the best formation that will accommodate the three stars. Marc Cucurella could possibly play as a left-sided center back, while Chilwel features as a LWB and Sterling moves to the inside No.10 role.
This means some players like Wesley Fofana, Koulibally, or Pulisic could be affected because their positions will be occupied.
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Then there are some other players in the forward line like Mount and Havertz who have regained their form after the international break and will need to be accommodated in the front line.
It will be interesting to see what Potter’s lineup will look like, but for me, I would love to see the three left-handed players playing alongside each other. What are your thoughts on this? Please leave your opinion in the comments section.