Chelsea boss Graham Potter explains why he doesn’t get angry

Chelsea travel to Germany to take on Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

Graham Potter’s side won their final four games of the group campaign to finish top of Group E, while Dortmund finished runners-up in Group G behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.

The English side have been less than impressive since the start of 2023 winning just one game in all competitions. They are unbeaten in their last four, although three of those are draws, including a 1-1 stalemate against West Ham on Saturday.

Dortmund, meanwhile, have been in imperious form and have a perfect six-game record since their return to action after the World Cup. Edin Terzic’s side have risen to third in the Bundesliga and most recently won 2-0 away at Werder Bremen.

Follow all the updates from Signal Iduna Park as Borussia Dortmund take on Chelsea:

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2 mins: It is a frantic start to this encounter. Dortmund start on the front foot and the Chelsea defence are forced to block a couple of attempts. The English side then break through Felix who attempts to slide through Mudryk but centre-back Schlotterbeck gets back superbly on the cover to deny the Ukranian.

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 20:07

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KICK-OFF: Dortmund v Chelsea

The home side Dortmund get this Champions League encounter underway.

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 20:04

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A fantastic tifo is on display from the Dortmund fans in the Yellow Stand…

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The players are in the tunnel and kick-off is just moments away!

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 19:57

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Captain fantastic

19-year-old Jude Bellingham captains Dortmund tonight as the Englishman continues to thrive this season. The midfielder has four goals in just five Champions League games as well as four goals and four assists in the Bundesliga.

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Dortmund v Chelsea: Key stats

A few interesting stats ahead of tonight:

  • This will be the first ever game between Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea in European competition.
  • Borussia Dortmund are winless in their last 10 games against English teams in European competition, with eight of those being defeats (D2). Their last victory against an English side dates back to March 2016, when they won 2-1 away to Spurs in the Europa League. Both of their goals in that game were scored by current Chelsea striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
  • Borussia Dortmund’s Sébastien Haller has scored eleven goals in eight Champions League appearances, the most of any player in their first eight appearances in the competition. Additionally, he has scored a goal every 61 minutes on average, the best ratio in the competition’s history (among players with minimum 250 minutes played).
  • Graham Potter could become just the second English manager to win away from home against German opposition in the Champions League, with Sir Bobby Robson the only previous manager to do so (on two occasions). The last of those was a 3-1 victory at Bayer 04 Leverkusen in February 2003, on what was Robson’s 70th birthday.

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 19:40

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Dortmund v Chelsea

It is a decade now since Dortmund, then under Jurgen Klopp, were level after 88 minutes of a Champions League final. It is two years since Chelsea, under the former Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, were champions of Europe. They began this campaign under Tuchel, losing to Dinamo Zagreb. They now have Graham Potter, have not won a match in a domestic cup competition this season and, should Dortmund overcome them, will be certain to end the campaign without silverware or an appearance in a final for the first time since 2015-16.

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 19:30

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As managers such as Stefano Pioli and Marco Rose try to work out how to set up against English clubs for the Champions League’s returns, executives across the competition’s clubs are actually thinking in similar terms. Such is boardroom fear of Premier League power that there is now an increasing refrain in meetings: “Something must be done.”

It remains to be seen whether that something will be the Super League that was relaunched last week and is intended to supplant the Champions League itself. It is nevertheless a feeling that frames the knockout stages, especially amid the expectation that at least three English clubs will get through from the last 16 for the fourth time in five years.

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 19:19

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Graham Potter, speaking to BT Sport:

On the changes: “Koulibaly gives us balance on the left and Chilwell coming in for Marc [Cucurella] gives us a different type of profile in that position. We’ve been building him up in terms of his fitness and we think he is ready to start tonight.”

On Chelsea’s last game against West Ham: “I thought we attacked well, we had good control, scored a good goal and looked like more of the team we wanted to do. The challenge for us is when we conceded and lost control we weren’t quite as good. There were steps that were positive but tonight it is a completely different occasion and we have to be better but we’re excited about it.”

On dealing with the atmosphere tonight: “You have to understand that it is there otherwise it would be a bit of a shock. You have to play the moment and win them. Try to block the external stuff out as best you can and lean into your teammates and be present and stick to the moment. It’s a Champions League night – you wouldn’t expect anything different.”

Ben Fleming15 February 2023 19:16



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