Raheem Sterling reacts to Graham Potter’s decision to play him as a wing-back

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Raheem Sterling mostly played as an inside forward and a false nine during Thomas Tuchel’s time as Chelsea manager.

However, the 27-year-old played a very different role in Graham Potter’s first match as Chelsea manager.

Sterling operated down the flanks all through the game, in a hybrid wing-back role.

Sterling was dangerous all game and scored Chelsea’s only goal of the game.

Sterling was asked about his new position after the match, and he said to BT Sport: “I played in a slightly different role here under the manager and it was one that I enjoyed, playing out wide here, and over time it’ll get better.”

Sterling played an unusual wide role, and often hugged the touchline. The summer signing admitted that it was a specific instruction from the new boss.

“He wanted me out wide getting at the full-back, getting in the box, creating chances. Like I said, the more time under him, I think it’ll get better for us,” he added.

With Chelsea bottom of the group, Sterling admitted Chelsea need to beat AC Milan if they are to advance from the Champions League group stages.

“It was a disappointing one today but we’ve got a big game coming up next and it’s one that we definitely to get the win in,” he concluded.