N’Golo Kante setback; Goalkeeper choices; Aston Villa

Graham Potter has spoken to the media forward of Chelsea’s journey to face Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Blues stand to be with out right-back Reece James, who the boss confirmed is being despatched for additional checks amid considerations his knee harm might be extreme sufficient to rule him out of the World Cup.

There have been loads of different matters on the agenda, nonetheless, and listed below are the highlights.

Has Kante suffered a setback in his restoration from harm?

“He’s because of see a marketing consultant on the weekend. It’s a setback so it’s not excellent news. But something aside from that, at this stage I can’t provide you with any extra.”

Are you apprehensive that he retains getting injured?

“Historically, there are issues which have occurred that are a priority and we have to get the underside of that. It’s a setback within the final stage of his rehab so once more that’s worrying. But all we will do is get the correct prognosis, the correct session, after which attempt to assist him get again to full health and having fun with his soccer.”

How has Edouard Mendy responded to being behind Kepa within the pecking order?

“He’s been nice, angle implausible, and supporting the group. He was clearly injured after I arrived and Kepa has performed, finished properly and contributed to constructive outcomes. We’re within the state of affairs now the place we’ve two actually good goalkeepers within the competitors and that’s what we have to push one another alongside.”

How have you ever discovered coping with big-name gamers?

“I’ve discovered it actually good. As I’ve stated many instances, the gamers are open, trustworthy and accountable. They are bold and decided and need to do properly. So far so good from my perspective.”

Are you prepared for large or onerous conversations?

“As far as I’m conscious, they’re nonetheless human beings. There is a media notion once they get to a sure stage that they develop a second head or one thing they usually develop into not like the remainder of us. That is simple to place on the market however the actuality shouldn’t be the case.

“At Brighton, there weren’t ‘huge’ gamers however Adam Lallana gained the Champions League and performed for Liverpool for seven years, Danny Welbeck has had a superb profession and I spoke to these guys and did alright with them regardless of their second head as a result of gamers have large egos.”

You make it sound straightforward?

“You underestimate that in Premier League squads, there are 24 gamers who all need to play and know the results in the event that they do properly. So while you don’t decide them, they’re disenchanted and their egos are broken and they’re damage and disenchanted. People are advanced in all walks of life and it’s not easy this job regardless of the stage. So far we’ve managed it okay.”

What do you make of Steven Gerrard’s struggles?

“The margins are very small as we’ve stated within the Premier League. I’m positive Steven will need to enhance the outcomes and can be seeking to this sport to strive to do this. Had they overwhelmed Nottingham Forest they’d have gone above Liverpool, in order that exhibits you the way shortly issues can change.

“We have to ensure we’re prepared for the problem. In the Premier League, there may be at all times somebody underneath stress. At the second it’s Steven however he has the standard and expertise and can come via I’m positive. So he has to ensure we’re good ourselves and with the best respect, not fear to a lot about Aston Villa and focus on ourselves.”

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