Unai Emery anticipates Graham Potter will thrive at Chelsea.

Unai Emery, the Aston Villa boss, believes “amazing” Graham Potter can replicate his success at Brighton and bring it to Chelsea with more time. On Saturday, Emery and his team visit Stamford Bridge aiming to extend their current Premier League unbeaten run to five games. Both Villa and Chelsea are in positive form, and after a potentially stuttering start to Potter’s reign at Chelsea, they have earned a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals, having been marginally denied a third straight Premier League win by Everton’s last-minute equaliser through Ellis Simms last time out.

Emery said, “They [Chelsea] have very good players and their coach [Potter] is amazing. His work in Brighton was phenomenal, and he needs time to adapt his ideas to Chelsea. They are making progress, and everything he did at Brighton, he can do at Chelsea. However, it takes time, matches, and better understanding of his players. They played very well in the Champions League. But in the Premier League, they’re not consistent in keeping their balance in the table.”

Emery recognises that Villa is facing one of the best Premier League teams of the season, and he is excited about that prospect. Despite their current position, he believes they are in the same spot as Chelsea – being close to teams having a good season, such as Fulham, Brentford, and Brighton. Villa skipper John McGinn will return from international duty on a high after Scotland won both their Euro 2024 qualifying matches, and Emery praised him for his attitude towards training and his commitment to playing in different positions since taking over as boss.

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