Potter gives Chelsea team news update, speaks out on Zakaria & Cristiano Ronaldo being dropped

Chelsea face off with Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Graham Potter spoke to the press on Friday.

When speaking to the media, Potter discussed a number of topics, including Chelsea team news: “We are still in the process of recovery. Pretty much as we were with Brentford. Conor [Gallagher] trained today so we will how he is over the 24 hours.”

Potter also commented on Cristiano Ronaldo being dropped by Erik ten Hag: “I can’t really comment because I don’t know the ins and outs. He’s taken his stance and then you need the club to support.

“From the outside, that’s what has happened. It’s difficult for me to comment because I don’t want to go off headlines. Part of the job is to take some decisions that are difficult but that’s normal.”

The Chelsea boss then spoke on Dennis Zakaria’s lack of game time this season: “We’ve got a squad of 24 players and we’ve used a lot. In that position there are good players so he has had to be patient.

“He is fighting for his place and is ready to help the team. We can’t play everybody. He’s doing nothing wrong but he’s not had the game time I’m sure he would like. But he’s acting well in training.”

Chelsea vs Manchester United

Chelsea head into the weekend’s action 4th in the Premier League, having won four of their last five.

The Blues also have the joint-second best defence in the division at present.

However, Manchester United are hot on their heels, sitting just one point adrift in 5th.

Chelsea have also not beaten Manchester United in the league since all the way back in 2017, with their last win in any competition coming back in 2020 in the FA Cup.

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Josh Barker

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