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Chelsea release the first photos from Graham Potter’s debut training session with the Blues on Friday… as the ex-Brighton manager gets the hang of his squad ahead of Wednesday’s game against RB Salzburg
- Pictures of Graham Potter’s Chelsea debut training have been dropped
- The new boss took the Blues hotseat last Thursday after signing a five-year contract
- Potter was pictured looking relaxed as he led his new Chelsea squad in Cobham
- The 47-year-old was spotted having a long chat with star Reece James
- Chelsea take on RB Salzburg next Wednesday for Potter’s first game in charge
Photos of Graham Potter’s first training session as Chelsea manager were first released on Monday.
The 47-year-old head coach, who left Brighton last week for the hot seat at Stamford Bridge on a five-year deal, took Chelsea first-team training on Friday, less than 24 hours after he had officially signed for the club.
Chelsea initially withheld the photos from his session as a token of respect for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who died on Thursday.
Photos of Graham Potter’s first training session as Chelsea manager have been released
The former Brighton head coach followed the training of the first team of his new team in Cobham on Friday
Potter was all smiles as he seemingly relaxed into his new role at the West London club
In an effort to honor her passing, the Premier League decided to postpone all games from last weekend, delaying Potter’s first game, which was in charge of Chelsea.
The Blues were about to play it in 10th place in their West London derby at Craven Cottage.
And now the governing body has also called off Chelsea’s game against Liverpool this weekend at Stamford Bridge, with police resources limited due to the impending state funeral.
During the training session at Chelsea’s training base in Cobham, a relaxed Potter was seen wearing the club’s tracksuit and smiling as he mastered his new squad.
In one of the pictures, Potter appeared to be in deep discussion with England international and Chelsea star Reece James, who impressed with a goal and assisted in just five league games.
The Blues opened their Champions League account with a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb last Tuesday, which turned out to be Thomas Tuchel’s last game at the head of the West London outfit.
The 47-year-old was pictured in a lengthy conversation with England international Reece James
As it stands, he will take the lead in his first game when Chelsea face RB Salzburg on Wednesday
Owner Todd Boehly knocked out Tuchel in an effort to build for the long haul, choosing Potter after his impressive three-year stint with the Seagulls.
Chelsea’s summer expansion has given Potter a star-studded roster, including newcomers Raheem Sterling, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and former Brighton colleague Marc Cucurella.
To avoid further disruptions, the English manager will lead Chelsea for the first time against Red Bull Salzburg at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League on Wednesday.