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CHE 1-1 RBZ: Three talking point in Graham Potter’s managerial debut for Chelsea



Graham Potter led Chelsea team were in action yesterday in their second Group E game of the new UEFA Champions League campaign at home against Red Bull Salzburg at the Stamford Bridge.

The Blues in the game played their first match under new manager Graham Potter but were unable to kick-off the new era with a win as they were held by the visitor who were also a very formidable side to beat.

The game between the two sides was such a balanced one in the both halves as it ended one all draw at full time with the first half also ending goalless draw as none was able to break the deadlock.

A brilliant opener from Raheem Sterling gave the Blues the lead in the second half to make it one nil before Noah Okafor got the visitor levelled with an equalizer to make it 1-1 as the final scoreline at full time.

Here are three major talking points in the keenly contested encounter:

– The equalizer against Chelsea was a combination of two players who are of Nigerian-descent. Noah Okafor as the goal scorer was born to a Nigerian father and a Swiss mother and the assist provider, Junior Chukwubuike Adamu is a Nigerian-born Austrian youngster.

The 22 year old Nigerian-born forward and Switzerland international, Noah Okafor proved that he is simply made for the big stage as he scored a classic goal to make it six goals for his team in his last six games played so far this season.

– England international and former Liverpool star, Raheem Sterling became the first ever player to score for Chelsea in the era of Graham Potter which was a brilliant goal to open his goal account.

– Chelsea in the game were stunned by the visitor as the Blues pushed so hard but squandered some clear cut chances that could have been converted into goals which now gave them a very difficult task to carry out in the Group E, should they really want to make it through as they now have just 1 point from possible 6 points which placed them at the bottom spot on the table.

This implied that the sacked manager, Thomas Tuchel was not really the problem behind the team’s mixed run of form so far this season.

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