Potter gives Chelsea team news update ahead of hosting Everton
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Chelsea will face Real Madrid for the third season running in the Champions League – but manager Graham Potter was already up for it before the draw had even taken place on Friday!
The normally reserved Chelsea boss, at a fans event at Stamford Bridge on Thursday night before the quarter final draw, roared: “We’ll try and beat Everton, we’ll take the Champions League draw – and then we’ll try and win the f****** Champions League!”
Chelsea beat 14 times winners Real in the semi-finals on their way to winning the trophy in 2020-21 – but last year crashed out 5-4 on aggregate to the Spanish giants in the quarter finals.
Potter, whose side face Everton on Saturday, added: “I said we would try to f****** win the Champions League! That’s the same for every one of the other seven clubs in the draw.
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“We’ll focus on Real Madrid when we get there. The feeling is excitement.”
Real will again be managed by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Premier League and FA Cup double at Stamford Bridge. Potter said: “I don’t know Carlo personally. I played against him when he coached Everton.
“He is a gentleman. There isn’t much more I can say about the respect I have for him given what he has achieved in his career.”
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Chelsea have lost only one of their seven games against Real in Europe. They have the lowest percentage of losses against the Spanish side (14%) of any team to have played them five or more times.
That defeat saw them lose 3-1 in the home leg of the quarter final last year. Though they won the return 3-2, Karim Benzema’s injury time goal sent Real through.
Real have won their last four Champions League ties against English sides, beating Chelsea in that quarter final, Manchester City in last year’s semi-final, and Liverpool in the final – and in this year’s round of 16 clash.
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