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Chelsea legend Terry writes off title hopes for Potter

Chelsea legend John Terry believes the club have lost too much ground on Arsenal and Manchester City to win the Premier League.

Terry was speaking after manager Graham Potter's first Premier League game in charge, which his side won 2-1.

Potter grabbed the three points thanks to a late goal from Conor Gallagher against Crystal Palace at the weekend.

The former Blues skipper told beIN Sports: “It's been five years since we won the Premier League. Is that going to change this year? No. So you're looking at the FA Cup, Carabao Cup, European Cup… it's going to be tough.

“So then all of your eggs are going to be in two baskets domestically, and actually you need to keep players fit so do you rest and rotate players to make sure they get in the top four? What's the priority? Only Potter will know that."

He added: “I honestly don't think it is [too big for Potter]. I think what he did at Brighton was incredible and their position in the league speaks for itself.

“When you speak to anyone within the training ground or around the place, what he's done on the field has spoken for itself: the way he plays, the formation.

“But also the way he is with the players. I think in this day and age, if you're a young manager, you need to understand the players. And I think these young managers like him understand the players better than anybody, and can relate to them.

“I think you get them onside by day one, everyone is going to be watching. That first meeting, the first training session: how does he conduct himself? How does he hold himself? Can he handle this big dressing room?

“And if he's come in and put his marker down from day one, players, go “Ooh hello". Pretty much like we did when Mourinho came in. No-one had really heard of him and then he comes in and goes “I'm in charge". If [Potter] has done a similar thing, both on the pitch and off the pitch, the players will respect that.

"But also they'll be looking at his sessions and tactically how he sets them up for games and that side of it. So you've got a two or three day window where you can go and impress the players - and by all accounts, he's gone and done that.

“And listen, I hope he does well!'

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