Chelsea boss hits back at accusations he’s wasting Chelsea star

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Chelsea boss Graham Potter has hit back at accusations he’s wasting the attacking potential of Raheem Sterling by playing the forward as a wing-back.

“Well, we’ve tried to play him as high and wide as we can,” Potter told reporters after Chelsea’s 2-1 victory over Dinamo Zagreb.

“I know there is a lot of talk about him being a wing-back, but I played as a wing-back and I can assure you that Raheem has never played as a wing-back! He has never been asked to play and defend in a back five or back four even. His responsibility has always been against the full-back.

“With the back four behind him tonight probably helped, he was a little bit higher and a little bit wider. It was nice for him to score because he has been working hard for the team. As I said before, the team has to function well for the individuals to do well. So I’m really pleased he got his goal today.”

Potter also added that Sterling has done what he’s needed to do for the side and that his quality is undoubted.

“We’ve had an incredibly challenging October,” said Potter.

“We came in and faced one point in two matches in the Champions League, were in a situation where we had to get results, lost key players in Wesley Fofana and Reece James, and there is always a little bit of stability that is affected when that happens. With a game every two or three days, it’s not straightforward to find the right solutions.

“In the end, we’ve had one defeat in eleven. Yesterday, we talked about pressure and that’s the life we have. Everyone has to try their best and I am happy for Raheem that he scored. No-one is doubting his quality here, that is for sure.”