This weekend, Chelsea will face Aston Villa in a Premier League match at their home ground, with managers Graham Potter and Unai Emery going head-to-head
Unai Emery, the head coach of Aston Villa, has expressed his belief in Graham Potter’s potential for long-term success at Chelsea and acknowledged the signs of progress at Stamford Bridge.
Although Potter took over the Chelsea team from Tuchel in September, his position was threatened after the team’s poor start to the year with only one win in 11 games.
Emery hails Chelsea’s progress under Potter
Chelsea’s recent form has improved, winning three games and drawing one before the international break, under the guidance of former Brighton manager Graham Potter.
Aston Villa manager Unai Emery, who was previously sacked from Arsenal in November 2019, supports Potter’s opportunity to succeed at a major club.
“He did amazing at Brighton and needs time to adapt his ideas at Chelsea,” Emery said at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “Progressively, they’re doing better and better.
“Tuchel’s work was also amazing, but what Potter did with Brighton was really amazing and he deserved to take a step up with a team like Chelsea.
“They’re now progressing. Everything he previously did with Brighton he can do as well with Chelsea. He just needs time.
“They have played well in the Champions League but have not been as consistent in the Premier League.
“But we know on Saturday we’re playing one of the best teams in the Premier League. It’s a good challenge for us and this is why I’m in the Premier League.”
Aston Villa have secured 10 points in their previous 4 games, bringing them to the same number of points as Chelsea who are in the 10th position. Emery aims for Villa to end up in the top half of the table.
“When I arrived we were struggling at the bottom but the first reaction from the club, supporters, players, was amazing,” Emery said. “Now we have escaped the bottom positions.
“Now we can think of our new challenge, which is to be in the top 10. This will start this Saturday. We think we have a good possibility to be there.
“The last four matches we played, scoring seven goals and conceding only one, winning three matches and drawing one, it was a very good moment for us.”