UCL: Salzburg and Chelsea share the spoils as Potter’s First game in Charge ends in a 1-1 Draw

UCL: Salzburg and Chelsea share the spoils as Potter’s First game in Charge ends in a 1-1 Draw

UCL: Salzburg and Chelsea share the spoils as Potter’s First game in Charge ends in a 1-1 Draw: Chelsea were held to a  1-1 draw with Salzburg in the Champions League as the Graham Potter’s era started with a frustrating draw. This sees the Blues remain bottom of their group following last week’s defeat to Dinamo, a result which was followed by Thomas Tuchel’s sack and Potter’s appointment in his place thereafter.

It is the first game of the Graham Potter era following the shock sacking of Thomas Tuchel a week ago. This will be the only game Chelsea will play for the rest of September, with both the Fulham and Liverpool games postponed with respect to the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This is the first time Chelsea and the Austrian champions will meet in competitive action, with Matthias Jaissle’s side drawing 1-1 at home to AC Milan last week. Salzburg boasts talented Brazillian Fernando with Benjamin Sesko, who was linked to Chelsea over the summer, also providing a threat in the final third.

At the Stamford Bridge, Chelsea dominated large stretches of play but failed to make too much count in the final third. Reece James and Raheem Sterling went closest in a low-key first half, before the latter opened the scoring soon after half-time with an expertly taken finish into the far corner.

Chelsea would have hoped to see the game out, but Noah Okafor rolled in an equaliser for Salzburg, with Hakim Ziyech and Armando Broja among those to spurn late opportunities to seal the points for the home side and give Potter a winning start.

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