For his first match as Chelsea coach, the Englishman played a piston and reacted to this change in position.
Chelsea is determined to write a new page in its history. This summer, the Blues recorded the arrival of a new owner, the organization chart was turned upside down, and new players arrived like Raheem Sterling. Chelsea took another turn over a week ago by sacking Thomas Tuchel to appoint Graham Potter in his place.
Sterling goalscorer in his new position
The Blues opened the Graham Potter era in the game against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League. And inevitably who says new coach says redistribution of the cards, but also sometimes changes of roles and tactics. The former Brighton coach created a surprise when he revealed his starting lineup against the reigning Austrian champions.
England international Sterling, who is best known for playing as a winger or as a number nine, was asked to take on a role on the left which required him to help at both ends of the pitch, looking more like a role as a piston in a five-man defense than a pure winger in a 4-2-3-1. Raheem Sterling spoke about this surprising repositioning.
“It’s a role that I liked to play”
“I played in a slightly different role under the new manager, and it’s a role I enjoyed playing, on the wing. With time, I will improve. I’m happy to play in the attacking line, but he wanted me to get out of the way, attack the full-back, get into the box and create chances. The more time I spend under him (Potter), the better for us.“, analyzed the English international.
Raheem Sterling certainly appreciated this positioning since it allowed him to stand out. The England international put Chelsea ahead against Salzburg, scoring his fourth goal for the club after a summer move from Manchester City, but the Blues couldn’t hold on and had to settle for one game 1-1 draw that night.
Graham Potter took an experimental approach when he took over as Chelsea manager, although he had the likes of Ben Chilwell and Marc Cucurella, a southpaw he had previously worked with at Brighton, at his disposal. Chelsea’s match against Liverpool this weekend has been postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, meaning Sterling’s next minutes could be spent with England, who are set to face Italy. and Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
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