Frank Lampard failed to win first league game at Chelsea but Graham Potter eager to join long list of bosses to do so and will be buoyed by Blues’ sup
Chelsea boss Graham Potter will finally take charge of his first Premier League game as Blues manager when they face Crystal Palace this weekend. Potter left Brighton to take over from Thomas Tuchel earlier this month, but due to Queen Elizabeth’s death and the international break, he has overseen just one match in the Champions League so far. Potter is ready for his first Premier League game as Chelsea bossGetty The Blues drew 1-1 with Red Bull Salzburg, but this extended break might not be bad for Potter or the squad. Knowing how hard the former Swansea boss works on the training ground, this time off has probably allowed him to implement his ideas. But a lot of the squad have been away on international duty, so not everyone will be up to speed on Potter’s tactics. Either way, Chelsea could do with a win. They currently sit in seventh place in the Premier League, three points off the top four and already eight points behind leaders Arsenal. That gap could extend to 11 before the Blues kick-off at Selhurst Park, depending on the north London derby result on Saturday lunchtime. So a win is needed, and only one of the past ten permanent Chelsea managers have lost their opening league game. Frank Lampard was the last manager to suffer that fate, with a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United in 2019. Potter has steadily built his reputation as a top managerAFP Most read in Football quit Alexander-Arnold told to retire from England duty after Southgate's Trippier 'insult' WOW Sesko emulates Van Basten as Slovenian wonderkid hits stunning volley against Sweden JUR FAULT Klopp blamed for Mane transfer by former Liverpool midfielder OVERCOME Portugal suffer late heartbreak to Spain as Ronaldo faces calls to be dropped order Southgate says Trippier over Alexander-Arnold with Liverpool star now fourth choice WORTHY 'Incredible' Scotland achievements rub salt in the wounds of 'embarrassing' England Potter will be looking to avoid repeating that and at least take a draw. But he has developed a reputation as one of the best English gaffers around, and he had Brighton fourth in the league after a brilliant start to the season. So while the pressure is on, he is riding on the crest of a wave. In Potter’s last 15 Premier League games, he has lost two, beaten Manchester United twice and secured wins over Arsenal and Tottenham. The former Brighton boss will also be buoyed by Chelsea’s incredible record against Crystal Palace. Crystal Palace don’t have the best record against ChelseaGetty Since a 2-1 defeat at Selhurst Park in 2017, Chelsea have won nine consecutive top-flight fixtures against their London rivals. Only against Liverpool (ten) have Palace endured a worse losing streak in their league history. In fact, the hosts have only won four of the last 22 meetings, with the Blues winning 18. Therefore, if there was a fixture for Potter to seal his first win as Chelsea boss, this is it. Watch the World Cup with talkSPORT At talkSPORT we are powered by fans, so come and join us for the ultimate World Cup fan experience this winter – at the talkSPORT Fan Zone. In a huge indoor venue under the arches at Waterloo in London, we’ll bring you live screenings of every World Cup game. There will be Q&As with talkSPORT talent, you’ll be part of our live broadcasts, and there will be plenty of food and drink on offer too. Come and enjoy the best World Cup fan experience in London – and enjoy a pint on us – with tickets for England and Wales’ group stage games on sale now HERE!