Chelsea continuous their unbeaten run Graham Potter after their recent 2-0 win over Aston Villa at Villa Park. Chelsea has now recorded 5 wins out of 6 matches under Potter and has conceded only 2 goals in those matches.
The Blues had to fight till the end to earn the three points thanks to a brace from Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s heroics. Aston Villa could have gone two goals up in the first half but Villa were denied multiple times by Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Kepa Arrizabalaga has kept four clean sheets in a row both in the Champions League and the Premier League. The Spanish international was arguably Chelsea’s best player against Steven Gerrard’s side.
Graham Potter had hailed the impact Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga had in their 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
What did Graham Potter say?
Speaking at a press conference after the match, Graham Potter said: “We’re obviously delighted with the result because it was a hard-fought game. Aston Villa made us suffer, certainly in the first half. I thought we started off ok but lost our way a little bit in the second half of the first half. We needed Kepa at that point and he made some fantastic saves.
“In the end, Mason, in the end, made the difference. I thought we were better second half, we were more stable. It isn’t easy for us with the number of games we’ve played; to come from Milan to come here and Aston Villa have a lot of quality on the pitch and can cause you problems at any point.
“We’re delighted with the three points, delighted with the clean sheet, and happy with Mason and Kepa, in particular, to help us over the line. That is going to be the story: different players will have to step up and today they’ve done it.”
Chelsea has kept four clean sheets in a row against AC Milan (2), Wolves, and Aston Villa. On what he has done to help Chelsea concede fewer goals, he added: “I think it’s a collective desire to do the ugly stuff in the game. A collective idea to help each other and to be together.
“ If we have to suffer, we will suffer. We have humility and we know sometimes the opponent can get the better of us, that is normal in football. But you can see the players running and can see players getting bodies in the way to block shots. That is an important part of the game because we’ve got the quality in the group.”
Kepa looks different from the player he was a few months ago. The Spaniard looks more confident and comfortable in post.
“He is contributing to us with clean sheets and how we’re trying to play and the environment around the place. I’ve got to say all three goalkeepers we’ve had here have been really, really good in that regard – supporting each other, providing good competition and that picks everybody’s level up and Kepa has found a fantastic level today. Made some brilliant saves that have kept us in the game and allowed us to win the points so really pleased for him,” Graham said on Kepa’s recent performances.