Graham Potter expecting tough game against Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has admitted he’s expecting a difficult game this weekend against Crystal Palace.

Potter is no stranger to Crystal Palace, and he has admitted that the atmosphere at Selhurst Park makes games difficult.

Crystal Palace has a fierce rivalry with Potter’s former club Brighton, and he’s expecting a similar rivalry in the London derby.

Graham Potter also revealed he is impressed with the way Palace manager Patrick Vieira has built his squad after replacing Roy Hodgson.

The new Blues boss said: “I love the atmosphere there, it’s a proper football stadium and the supporters get behind the team and make it difficult for the away side, whoever it is.

“So we’re looking forward to that challenge, but the boys are ready, the boys are itching to play, and we can’t wait.

“Patrick’s done a fantastic job. I think he built on the foundations that Roy laid in terms of the defensive structure, added some really good attacking players and not just in attacking positions.

“I think the centre-backs have made a difference for them, in terms of defending and how they build their attacks. It’s always difficult to play against Patrick’s teams, they’re well organised with a good spirit. I think he’s done a really good job there.”