Wed 08 March 2023 | 8:02

Potter hails Stamford Bridge atmosphere after beating Dortmund in the Champions League

Chelsea manager Graham Potter hailed Stamford Bridge's atmosphere as they eliminate Borussia Dortmund from the Champions League.




with two goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz on Tuesday to advance to the

Champions League

quarter-finals stage.

After the game, Potter said it was a special night at Stamford Bridge.

"Really pleased. Fantastic atmosphere, fantastic evening,"

Potter said at his post-match press conference.

"The players and supporters were tremendous. We had to be against a team that have 10 wins on the bounce. It was a special night."

Marc Cucurella, who has failed to impress since joining Chelsea last summer, returned to the starting eleven against Dortmund and Potter hailed his performance.

"I think he got man of the match, didn't he?"

Potter asked.

"I'm delighted for him. When you're having a bad time like we have, you accept the criticism. Marc has dealt with it well. We've tried to shield him a bit and pick the moment. With Benoit not available, he gave us the left foot and balance in a back-three and thankfully he delivered a top performance.”

After six games without a win, Chelsea now has won their last two games. It is for the first time since October that they have won two games in a row.

Potter, who replaced Thomas Tuchel in September, thanked Chelsea fans for supporting them during this difficult time.

"I think the supporters have been really fair with us,"

he said.

"Supporters care, so when the results aren't what they want, they feel pain. They need to articulate that pain somehow, to get rid of it.

"They've been really supportive, they really have. They've stuck with the team and helped us on the pitch. You always need a bit of luck. I would say before the World Cup, we had nine players out. If you have all these players out, and tonight [Dortmund] had some players missing and that goes in our favour. I'm not going to complain about that at all."

He later added:

"Inevitably, in life, you're going to have bad times and good times. I don't see any other way to look at it. It's how you react to the bad times, get some perspective and analyse it in the correct way. Things are never bad forever but it felt like that sometimes."

Potter also was asked whether he has spoken with owner Todd Boehly, who was in attendance on Tuesday night.

"Yeah I have, yeah. We're still here, I'm still here."

source: SportMob

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