“We have hundreds of coaches in England who think they know better than him”
Chelsea qualified for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16 second leg, progressing 2-1 on aggregate.
The win was just the third in 10 games Graham Potter’s men have won, having won 1-0 against Leeds United in the Premier League in their previous game. The result, however, released the pressure on the manager and his players.
Rahim Sterling and Kai Havertz scored a goal either side of half-time as Chelsea dug deep in the closing stages to close Borussia Dortmund go out and seal the victory. The German missed a penalty before being awarded a replay, which he then converted.
Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Havertz was honored for his manager, supporting him to do well with the Blues. He said:
“In the media I can’t believe how many people are talking about him, we have hundreds of coaches in England who think they know better than him, we know in the dressing room he’s a great personality and a great manager and helps us all a lot.”
Havertz has made 33 appearances for the West Londoners this season, scoring seven goals and providing one assist. He will look to send them back to Champions League success this season, having scored the winning goal in 2021 against Manchester City.
Chelsea will look to reverse their poor Premier League form
Although they performed well in the Champions League and qualified for the quarter-finals, the Blues are struggling in the league. They are 10th in the table with 34 points in 25 games, having won just nine games this season. Potter’s men have won just two, drawn six and lost four of their last 10 league games.
The fixture list doesn’t get any easier for Chelsea, however, as they face Liverpool, Manchester United, Brighton and Arsenal in April. They are currently 11 points off the top four and will be looking to move at least some part of European football forward.
The Blues will travel to face Leicester City in their next Premier League fixture on Saturday March 11.