Chelsea press conference LIVE: Graham Potter on Newcastle, World Cup, Silva, Jorginho, Endrick

Chelsea press conference LIVE: Graham Potter on Newcastle, World Cup, Silva, Jorginho, Endrick

The Chelsea manager will speak to the media at Cobham this afternoon before of the Blues’ Premier League match at Newcastle United.

Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of Chelsea’s pre-match news conference versus Newcastle United in the Premier League.

Chelsea’s final game before the World Cup break comes with a lot of pressure, given that the Blues travel to St James’ Park having won just two of their previous seven matches in all competitions.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Reece James, Wesley Fofana, Ben Chilwell, N’Golo Kante, and Carney Chukwuemeka are among those expected to miss the game against Newcastle.

There is also concern over the fitness of Jorginho, who missed the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City in midweek.

Our top Chelsea journalist, Adam Newson, is on the scene, and live updates from Potter’s news conference will follow below. There will also be much more from throughout the website to enjoy before the Chelsea head coach arrives following this morning’s training session.

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Every word Graham Potter said on Chelsea process, Boehly meeting, James, Jorginho, Gallagher


That’s all from Potter

We’ll have a full transcript from the Chelsea head coach.

Speak to the owners during the break?

Yeah, I’m pretty sure we will. We have a regular dialogue anyway. Sometimes you need to reflect, think and analyse. Absolutely, we need to think about what’s happened and what we can do to improve

Team news?

Jorgi trained today, so providing there’s no reaction, he should be in the squad

Chalobah and Loftus-Cheek’s World Cup disappointment?

Had a brief conversation, but they both level-headed. They understand and respectful of the decision which isn’t an easy one. That’s life, they accept it.

Personally benefit from the break?

I am a human being as well and I’ve come from Brighton where everything was organised over a three-year period. I’d had pain. Here, you’re in the washing machine with the games and turnaround so you have to deal with that. You need that time to reflect and it would be stupid of me to not look at that as to how improve.

Newcastle stronger now?

They’ve got results and got results deservedly. That builds confidence and momentum.

Need players in January?

I think there is more to come from the team we have and the group we have. We’ve had some key players out: Kante, Chilwell, James, Fofana. They are key players and a couple of them are replacing key ones who left in the summer. I think we can do better than we have and that is where my focus is on.

What have you learned so far?

We’ve learnt it changes fairly quickly. We had a good result at Salzburg and then it went wrong at Brighton. But that’s a part of life, you have to suffer sometimes.

Our performance against Arsenal wasn’t good but I thought we played well against Man City. It’s always a process and I’m pretty sure there are going to be lots of things that enter the head as we have time.

Newcastle ahead of schedule?

I think Eddie has done a fantastic job. He’s improved the players there and have spent some money to reinforce the team. I could speak for half an hour about how good I think Eddie is, I have huge admiration for him. The club is moving forward.

Important to go into the break with a win?

Everybody will feel better if you can get the three points but we know Newcastle will be fighting for them.

How will you use the break?

We have to use it for what it is: an opportunity. We have a game to play tomorrow and then we have to stake stock. It’s been incredibly intense and have worked a lot. Then we have to come back in a stronger way.


We’ll have a few days break because there are only a few players left. So we’ll have a break, come back, bit of training and off to a warm weather camp. There will be a couple of games to prepare for the restart.

Important break?

It’s time to do the rehab without a timescale hanging over them. Then we have them for when we restart and they will be back fit and strong and well.

Dealing with James and Chilwell?

It’s a natural reaction to be disappointed. Reece thought he would be close and did everything he could do give himself a chance. I can understand the decision and I can understand Reece’s frustration and disappointment.

It’s normal [they are a bit down]. The World Cup doesn’t come around very often but they are strong characters and will be fine.

Reaction to Gallagher’s England inclusion?

It’s not something I gave too much thought to. It’s nice for Conor, fantastic for us. He’s going to have a positive experience I think. He’s worked really hard and is a fantastic person.

It’s a fantastic honour for him and everyone is really pleased. It’s a nice story, he’s come through the club and been out on loan.

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Potter does not have a large credit in the bank yet to stem the tide of doubts from a highly demanding group of supporters who have been trained in consistent success. His predecessor not only came with a grander CV but quickly wrote his name in the club’s folklore within four months by winning the Champions League. Potter does not have the time to do that with a giant pause about to hit on an already turbulent domestic season.

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