By Noel Whelan

14th Sep, 2022 | 6:00am

Pundit issues 'perfect' Chelsea claim after what he's heard from Graham Potter

Noel Whelan has claimed a good result will take precedence over a good performance ahead of Graham Potter’s first game in charge of Chelsea.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Blues’ Champions League Group E clash against RB Salzburg on Wednesday (14 September) is the “perfect” first match for the 47-year-old.

Speaking to club media in his first interview as Chelsea boss (12 September), Potter insisted he was “really happy and proud” to have been appointed – but conceded the only way to keep the fans onside is to win games.

Chelsea lost their first Champions League clash against Dinamo Zagreb last week (6 September) – a result which led to Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal.

Whelan claimed the postponement of the weekend’s game against Fulham (10 September) will have done Potter “the world of good”.

He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I don’t think performance comes into it against Salzburg.

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“If you can have a good performance and a good result, then great – but I don’t think that will really come into it for Graham Potter.

“Deep-down he’ll want a win. He’s got to get the points on the board, that momentum, and that winning feeling back into the club.

“I think it’s the perfect game to do that. He’ll have the players working hard and this time off will have done the world of good for him and the players.

“It has given him the opportunity to find his best side and tell the players what he requires from them.

“He should have a good squad to choose from. A good performance would be great if he can get it – but the result is of absolute maximum importance.”

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