Chelsea manager Graham Potter has admitted he is caught up in the overwhelming emotions of Tuesday 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund,
After losing the first leg 1–0, Chelsea put in an outstanding performance at Stamford Bridge and went top with goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz for the Blues’ second successive win for the first time since October.
Potter faced immense pressure, so much so that he could not watch as Havertz had to concede a second-half penalty for his own goal. Boss sat with his head in his hands as the German striker, who was given a second chance after some infraction on his first attempt, hit the post, sending the ball into the back of the net.
Potter explained, “After the first one, I thought I’d sit and listen to the crowd. I wasn’t seeing it, but was glad to hear the roar.” bt sport after the game.
“Taking punishment is not for me, so I am afraid of any [who does],
The boss continued: “There’s a lot of emotion at the end. It was tense at the end but the boys played brilliantly. I’m so happy for them to get the win and for everyone here.”
“There was a great feeling in the dressing room. We’ve been through tough times and this competition means a lot to us. We wanted to progress and reach the last eight and it prepares us for the next few weeks.”
“We have to recover and prepare for Saturday when we play Leicester. It’s great for the boys, two clean sheets after a tough period. You get that in life and it’s about how you react.” And the players have been fantastic.”
“It was important that we put pressure on them and get the crowd on board. It’s not easy to do because they are a top team playing with confidence,” he added.
“Credit to the players, they gave everything and in two games I thought we deserved it.”
With a place in the last eight of the Champions League, Chelsea They will look to let the good times roll when they turn their attention back to domestic football at the weekend.
A trip to struggling Leicester is scheduled for Saturday, with the Blues looking to move up from tenth place in the Premier League.