Chelsea players ‘will be grilling Marc Cucurella’ over new manager Graham Potter

Chelsea players will be grilling Marc Cucurella to get an idea about their new manager after Graham Potter was parachuted in to replace Thomas Tuchel.

But some players might be forgiven for not entirely knowing everything about the former Brighton boss, who has just three years in the Premier League and will be given his first job at a major European heavyweight.

One of Chelsea's big acquisitions in the summer, Cucurella, does know Potter, though, having signed from the south-coast club for £62million. According to Troy Deeney speaking to The Sun, the Spaniard will be bombarded by his team-mates already wanting to know more about their new coach.

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He said: "Players talk and message all the time. We’re gossips. You can bet everyone at Chelsea will have been asking Marc Cucurella about Potter, as he played for their new manager at Brighton last season.

"There are also former Chelsea players at Brighton, such as Tariq Lamptey and on-loan Levi Colwill. They will be inundated with messages.

"More than anything, the players will have been desperate to meet the new manager and find out what he is all about — to get rid of that feeling of uncertainty.

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"And the first two weeks are always crucial. That’s the length of time a group of players will need to know whether they rate their new boss."

New Blues owner Todd Boehly wielded the axe last week when he fired Tuchel after an indifferent start to the season just days after the transfer window shut. The American billionaire has already spent lavishly since taking over Roman Abramovich, splashing out over £250million on transfers.

And that now includes a new manager to front up his Stamford Bridge revolution, cherrypicking from Brighton their coach Potter. His expansive style of play and ability to develop youngsters had made him the frontrunner for the vacant post.


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