Graham Potter sends message to Chelsea star after Champions League win backing him to become Club legend.
After a performance that is worthy of praise, the Chelsea manager in his congratulatory message backed Reece James to emulate Frank Lampard and John Terry at Chelsea and become a “legend.”
The England international, James was instrumental in Chelsea’s 3-0 Champions League victory over AC Milan on Wednesday night, scoring a goal as well as assisting another.
Wesley Fofana and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for Chelsea as the Blues recorded their first European victory this season.
Potter, who replaced Thomas Tuchel as the head coach at Stamford Bridge last month, says he “loves” working with James and that his potential is ‘beyond the sky’.
The 22-year-old academy graduate has already amassed 132 Chelsea appearances, won the Champions League at Stamford Bridge, and reached four Wembley finals.
“I think Reece is just a fantastic player, and he’s a young player, so he’s developing all the time,” Potter said after Chelsea’s emphatic victory over Italian giants AC Milan.
“He’ll get better and better as we go. I’ve really enjoyed working with him, he’s got a lot to offer, he’s fantastic.
“He could play any games in the world, he’s tremendous. My job is to help him reach his potential because it is beyond the sky.
“We love him. He’s so important for us. My job is to help him reach his potential, and his potential is he can be a Chelsea legend.
“That is the level he has, the potential that he has. For that to happen, he has to be part of a successful team. That’s what we’re working towards.”
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After losing all 3 points in their first Champions League game under Tuchel, the Blues has amassed 4 points in the last two games under Potter.
The Blues also defeated Crystal Palace 2-1 in Potter’s first Premier League match as Chelsea’s head coach.
Aubameyang, who scored his second goal for Chelsea after transferring from Barcelona on transfer deadline day, stated, “It was not an easy game. They played well in the first half. Then we kept the intensity really high. We were confident.
“I’m definitely enjoying myself here. I’m feeling good. I was very welcomed by all the players and staff.
“The first goal was really important. It gave us strength and confidence to play the game. We knew what we had to do against Milan. They have great strikers as well. The defenders did an incredible job today.
“It’s easier when you win games. The mood is very good at the moment. We’ll try to keep it up.”