Graham Potter rates Pulisic and Sterling after playing them as wing-backs

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Graham Potter fielded Raheem Sterling and Christian Pulisic in an unfamiliar wing-back role against RB Salzburg.

Potter has come in for criticism for playing Sterling as a wing-back, but the new Blues boss took it another level by also playing Christian Pulisic in an unfamiliar right wing-back role.

Chelsea had a good game in Austria, most especially in the first half, with the wing-backs key to Chelsea’s game.

Asked how effective he felt Pulisic and Sterling were in their rather unfamiliar roles, Potter replied: “Yeah I thought it was quite good.

We got Raheem in some good areas and Christian as well, and the fact they [Salzburg] had to defend in a back four quite wide in big spaces allowed Conor [Gallagher] and Kai to get in.

“First half I thought we probably could have had another couple of goals, but not easy because of how they defend – they’re so good. But overall really happy with the performance.”