Brighton star Leandro Trossard makes Graham Potter admission after sudden Chelsea move

Daily Mirror 10 days ago

Graham Potter upped sticks by leaving Brighton for Chelsea earlier this month, much to the shock of the squad he left behind, including star winger Leandro Trossard

Graham Potter
Graham Potter left Brighton for Chelsea earlier this month

Leandro Trossard admits Graham Potter’s exit to Chelsea was “a shock” and has urged successor Roberto de Zerbi to keep Brighton ’s huge progress going.

De Zerbi has has signed a four-year contract at the Amex Stadium to replace Potter, who quit for Stamford Bridge earlier this month. The Italian coach, 43, who made his name at Sassuolo, was available after leaving his previous role as Shakhtar Donetsk manager earlier this year following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

He inherits a side who are fourth in the Premier League after just one defeat in their first six games. Star winger Trossard, 27, who has two goals and an assist in the top flight this term, is determined Albion continue their upward trajectory after coming ninth last season.

Reflecting on Brighton's change of boss, the Belgian international assessed: "It all happened quite quickly. One day we heard [Thomas] Tuchel was fired and that Graham was up there to take his place.

"For us, it was a bit of a shock but we knew that maybe one day he could go because he is a brilliant manager. At the beginning, it was a bit strange but now with the new coach we need to move on as a club and as players.

"I am excited to work with the new coach. We will meet next week when I go back [from international duty]. It doesn't mean if the coach departs that the team will play not as well. It is just maybe different things with the new manager but that is up to him to get us going as well."

Leandro Trossard and Graham Potter
Leandro Trossard confessed Graham Potter's exit came as "a shock"

Trossard was speaking after coming off the bench to win his 20th cap in Belgium’s 2-1 victory over Wales in Brussels. The ace is relishing going to the World Cup with the Red Devils, who are in Group F with Canada, Morocco and Croatia.

He added: "I am feeling excited to be a part of it. I think there are so many countries at the moment who have the chance to win it. It is hard to pick a country and maybe we are on the outside I would say.

"I think the country or the team at that moment who is at their best form will win the World Cup. Hopefully everybody is fit and in great shape and form to show themselves."