UCL Hostile environment – Potter justifies Chelsea’s defeat to Dortmund. Despite losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals, Chelsea manager Graham Potter feels his team is moving in the right path.
Chelsea’s Champions League match against Dortmund, according to Potter, was challenging since they played in a hostile environment against a side that was in strong form at the time.
Karim Adeyemi’s goal in the second half handed the Bundesliga team a lead against Chelsea at Signal Iduna Park going into the second leg on March 7 at Stamford Bridge.
At the news conference following the game, Potter stated, “Overall, we were happy with the performance throughout significant portions of the game.
“It is challenging playing in the Champions League away from home against a strong club in a hostile environment. The first half was well matched; we played reasonably well with decent possibilities for counterattacks, and we even struck the crossbar.
“Then in the second half, with the exception of the one crucial play that we didn’t execute well enough, we were the more dominating and superior team and generated several quality opportunities. We could have needed a little luck as well as some final execution. The half has come. The knot is really tight. We eagerly anticipate Stamford Bridge,” he continued.