Reece James was named the Man of the Match in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over AC Milan in the Group stage of the Champions League.
The England International scored Chelsea’s third goal and assisted Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Chelsea’s second goal of the night.
Graham Potter has labeled Reece James as a fantastic player. He admitted that the Chelsea academy graduate is on the course of becoming a Chelsea legend.
What did Graham Potter say about Reece James after scoring and assisting against AC Milan?
Speaking at a press conference after Chelsea‘s 3-0 win over AC Milan, Graham Potters said: “I think Reece is just a fantastic player, and he’s a young player, so he’s developing all the time.
“He’ll get better and better as we go. I’ve really enjoyed working with him, he’s got a lot to offer, and he’s fantastic.
“He could play any game in the world, he’s tremendous. My job is to help him reach his potential because his potential is beyond the sky.
“We love him. He’s so important to us. My job is to help him reach his potential, and his potential is he can be a Chelsea legend.
“That is the level he has, the potential that he has. For that to happen, he has to be part of a successful team. That’s what we’re working towards.”
Chelsea seems more direct under Graham Potter than under Thomas Tuchel. Reacting to the difference between his team and Thomas Tuchel ‘s, he said: “After that fantastic English, I have to say yes. We’ve just been working hard. It’s as simple as that.
“The players have responded well. I’ve been impressed with how open, honest, and responsible they are. I think they knew the level had dropped a little bit, and when you do that at this level, you can be punished.
“ So it’s a credit to the players that they’ve tried to take on the things we’ve spoken about, and it’s just the start for us today. I’m part of the team, I guess, but it’s the players that go out there, the players that do it. My job is to remind them they can play at the level they showed today. That should be the minimum for us today.”
Meanwhile, AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli has revealed that errors cost Milan against Chelsea.
Stefano Pioli told reporters: “Errors? It is true that they cannot be committed in the Champions League.
“We forced choices that weren’t forced. We have lost our distance. It is a pity because, beyond their qualities, we could have done something more.
“It has nothing to do with little experience, it has nothing to do with those who were not there. We had to be more lucid, and in ball recovery and aggression, we had to do better.
“The second goal changed our attitude, our mentality. We weren’t able to stay as a team as we usually do. At these levels, you pay dearly for these things.”