Despite his emphatic finish looking like it was going to claim three important Champions League points for Chelsea, Raheem Sterling admits the squad were left disappointed after last night’s result.
The England international played very wide on the left in Graham Potter’s first match at the helm, despite mainly operating as a false nine under Thomas Tuchel at the start of this season.
It was from a wide left position that Sterling found himself with enough time and space to latch onto Mason Mount’s cross to break the deadlock, and Raheem says he enjoyed playing in the position.
‘I played in a slightly different role under the new manager, and it is one I enjoyed playing, out wide. Over time, I will get better,’ Sterling said post-match.
‘I am happy to play along the front line but he wanted me out wide, getting at the full-back, getting in the box and creating chances. The more time under him [Potter] I think the better it will be for us,’ he added.
The 27-year-old did admit it was a bad result for the Blues which leaves us with one point from our opening two Champions League matches of the campaign.
‘It was definitely a frustrating result. With how we played, the chances we created, one chance they got a goal. It’s a bad result in the end but I thought we played some good football at times,’ he said.
‘I think it’s a game we should have won as we dominated the game. There were some good moments there to look back at but it’s a game we’ve got to finish off. We just needed to see the game out.
‘It was a game where we were patient, got some chances, and then I took the chance. But we have to finish the job off. I felt we were in control, one chance and then one goal [for FC Salzburg]. It is one that, under the new manager, we can just keep going and progressing.’
Sterling also provided an insight into how the squad have adapted to the change of manager, which in turn comes with challenges to the players given the new ideas and systems.
‘It is still early days with him but he is getting his message across and the boys are receiving it well but its about gelling time.’