Chelsea manager, Graham Potter was delighted to seal progress to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League, with a game to spare after a 2-1 win away to Salzburg on Tuesday evening.
Kai Havertz’s stunning strike 26 minutes from time proved the difference between the sides after Junior Adamu canceled out Mateo Kovacic’s opener for the Blues.
The victory extended Chelsea’s unbeaten run under Potter to nine games in all competitions.
The former Brighton boss was appointed at Stamford Bridge after Thomas Tuchel’s final game in charge ended in a 1-0 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb to open Group E.
A 1-all draw at home to the Austrian champions in Potter’s first game in charge then left Chelsea with a mountain to climb.
But back-to-back wins over AC Milan put their European campaign back on track and another win opens up an unassailable four-point lead over Salzburg.
“That was a fantastic performance from the players,” said Potter.
“I’m delighted to go through with a game to spare considering where we started the competition.”
Chelsea’s bright start under Potter has been undermined by failing to turn their approach play into goals and that was the case once more in a dominant first 45 minutes at Salzburg.
Chelsea’s opponents on the night had not suffered defeat in their first four Champions League games of the season, but were grateful to goalkeeper Philipp Kohn for keeping the score down before the break.
Kovacic’s fine strike into the top corner gave the Salzburg keeper no chance as the Croatian international opened the scoring on 23 minutes.
But the German stopper won a personal duel with Chelsea’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with three stunning saves to deny the former Arsenal captain.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; Editing by Tony Okerafor