Following our 0-0 draw with Fulham, Graham Potter reflected on a Chelsea debut and what we need to do to turn one point into three moving forward, as well as explaining why Mykhailo Mudryk's full debut came to an early end at half-time.
Graham Potter witnessed his Chelsea side go close to scoring a winner on several occasions, as Kai Havertz hit the post and David Fofana had a late effort cleared off the line, but still saw plenty of positives as a number of January signings were involved, including debuts for Enzo Fernandez and Noni Madueke, plus the return from injury of Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Raheem Sterling.
In addition to highlighting the positives, our head coach also explained where he feels we fell short and can improve in the future.
'I think there was a lot of positivity and good feeling, certainly from the start of the game and the crowd absolutely helped with that as well,' said Potter. 'But within the team there’s a good feeling.
'I feel we didn’t do enough in terms of our attacking play to create more, which is something we need to do. I think we saw a team against us who defend very well, are very organised and that bit of connection, that bit of fluidity, that bit of understanding that you need, we probably lacked a little bit which is understandable when you consider we have players coming back from injury and new players in the team. That’s just where we’re at, at the moment.
'Again in the Premier League against well-organised defensive units, with the likes of Mitrovic and Willian who can attack well, you’re always on your toes. So there were some positives for us of course. The effort was there, the spirit was there, but as an attacking team we’d like to do more.
'I’m confident with the potential that we have, I’m confident of the ability that’s in the group. I think what we need to do now is gel the team. That’s the challenge, that’s what we need to do.'
Potter felt there was plenty of potential on display in Fernandez's Chelsea debut...
'I thought he handled himself magnificently. It was a tough game and you could see his qualities, you could see what he will bring to the team.
'It wasn’t easy for him or us because he hasn’t been with us that long but I think you could see how good he can be and how much he can influence the team so it’s exciting with him.'
Our head coach explained why he substituted Mudryk at half-time...
'He’s had a heavy cold all week, so we thought 60 minutes would be his maximum, but he felt heavy-legged at half-time.
'We’re still building him up in terms of his minutes because of the break that he’s had in his season, so we just thought 45 minutes was about right with him.'