A recent report by Howden’s ‘European Football Injury Index’ showed Chelsea had the worst injury record of any Premier League club and it is a statistic that Potter takes seriously:
“I don’t think you should blame everything on luck, that’s for sure,” he said ahead of the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday. “I think we can have a look and see what we can do better.
“Obviously, I’ve been here a few weeks so I haven’t got the answers completely. But clearly, we want to always try to improve and that’s an area that we can probably improve.”
Potter also bemoaned Reece James’ absence: “The performances on the pitch are a realisation of how high his ceiling can be,” Potter said. “I think, yes, he is that type of player with the world-class attributes.
“The way he defends with [Wilfried] Zaha and the way he defended with [Rafael] Leao in both games against Milan is a high, high level and he contributes in the attacking phase as well. He is a top, top player.”
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Chelsea look set to continue their fine run of form under Graham Potter by beating Aston Villa.
Chelsea have won their last three league matches and as a result, are up to 4th in the Premier League.
The Blues also recently did the double over AC Milan in the Champions League, likely securing their spot in the Round of 16.
As for Aston Villa, they are down in 16th place in the Premier League and have won just one in five.