Chelsea 1-1 Salzburg: Graham Potter’s first game in charge ends in a draw

todaySeptember 14, 2022

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Chelsea FC new Boss Graham Potter started his tenure with a nervy start as Raheem Sterling’s opener was cancelled out by Noah Okafor to hold the Blues to a 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea opened their European crusade with a disappointing 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb last week, prompting the sacking of Thomas Tuchel, as he paid the ultimate price for failing to share the new ownership’s long-term vision for Chelsea’s future.

Potter, enjoying his first taste of top-level European club competition, admitted to having never before attending a Champions League match during his official unveiling on Tuesday, let alone occupying top seat in the dugout during one.

Sterling claimed the first goal of the Potter era to put Chelsea ahead in the 48th minute, collecting Mason Mount’s low cross from the right which was poorly defended by Salzburg.

Raheem Sterling celebrates scoring for Chelsea against Salzburg

The unmarked forward was afforded ample time and space to measure a shot, before cooly bending an effort into the bottom right corner from just inside the 18-yard box – a move that will be admired by England boss Gareth Southgate, with Reece James also involved.

But Salzburg equalised with 15 minutes remaining through top scorer Okafor after Thiago Silva was guilty of diving in to a tackle, allowing substitute Junior Adamu to deliver a dangerous low cross. Okafor then applied a first-time finish with the aid of a slight deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta.

Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta (left) and RB Salzburg’s Noah Okafor battle for the ball


Chelsea’s remaining Champions League fixtures

October 5: AC Milan (H) – kick-off 8pm

October 11: AC Milan (A) – kick-off 8pm

October 25: RB Salzburg (A) – kick-off 5.45pm

November 2: Dinamo Zagreb (H) – kick-off 8pm

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