‘If you win, you can be who you want to be!’: Graham Potter insists winning only matters after Chelsea drew against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals… while the Blues boss praises ‘authentic’ Carlo Ancelotti
- Graham Potter welcomed the challenge of taking on Real Madrid in Europe
- The Blues will face the Spanish giants in the quarter-finals of the Champions League
- Potter was full of praise for Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti before their meeting
Graham Potter insists it’s only the victory that counts, not the way you are, after going head-to-head in the Champions League with the mild-mannered Carlo Ancelotti.
Hours after defining his desire to conquer Europe with an obscene declaration, Chelsea and Potter were combined to face defending champion Real Madrid in the quarter-finals next month, as the two teams face each other in the competition for the third season in a row.
Chelsea could then face Manchester City in an all-English semi-final – and what would be a repeat of the 2021 final in Porto won by the London club – if Pep Guardiola’s current side can overtake his former side Bayern Munich in the last eight.
We’re going to try and beat Everton,” Potter said onstage at a guest gig for Chelsea members Thursday night, in a clip that went viral. [in the Premier League today]Take the draw and then we’ll try to win the Champions League.
After that equalizer at Nyon yesterday, Potter said with a smile: “I said we were going to try and win the Champions League! It’s the same for all seven clubs.”
Graham Potter has insisted that Chelsea will try to win the Champions League.
The Blues were drawn against competition champions Real Madrid on Friday
They will also say they may lose in the quarter-finals because that is the nature of the Champions League. We will focus on Real Madrid when we get there. For now, it’s Everton.
Feeling excited, but, like I said, I’d rather talk about Everton because that is it [next] Other things are too far away.
Having his easygoing approach at times been questioned and compared to the more outspoken, energetic and sometimes provocative Chelsea managers of the past, Potter’s onstage rant went down well with fans.
But when asked about Ancelotti – a six-time European Cup/Champions League winner as player and coach – and his calm, controlled demeanor, Potter said: ‘I can’t be bothered talking about how people think you should be. “.
Carlo Ancelotti should be him, it should be Pep Guardiola and Jurgen should be him and it should be me. I don’t care what you think is my response to that.
“The simple thing is if you win you can be who you want to be, if you lose someone wants someone different and that’s the reality.
You just have to be yourself, and be honest. Otherwise if you try to act he will discover you situation. He has been the same his entire career and has done a very good job.
I don’t know him personally. I played against him when he was a coach at Everton. He is a gentleman.
There is nothing I can say about how much he has achieved in his career. something amazing. The length of time between his first and last Champions League victory – 20 years – is unbelievable.
Potter was full of praise for Madrid boss and former Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti
Chelsea beat Real Madrid in the semi-finals on their way to victory in 2021 but the Spaniards took some revenge with a thrilling 5-4 victory in the quarter-finals last season.
City and Bayern last met in the tournament in the 2014/15 group stage. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann said: “If you end up winning the title, no one will accuse you of being lucky to draw.
It was Paris Saint-Germain [in the last-16]So it will be Manchester City, then maybe Real or Chelsea, and then in the final, either a Portuguese or an Italian team. It will be a victory of high value, great mentality and quality.
The draw fell between Milan against Napoli in the quarter-finals of Italy entirely, and Inter Milan and Benfica will meet in the other eight rounds with the winners of each meeting in the other semi-finals in May.
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