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Cucurella on reuniting with Potter, loving London and adapting his game to English football | News | Official site

Ahead of our early return to action from Stamford Bridge with Wolverhampton Wanderers visiting this afternoon, Marc Cucurella discussed the curious case of his former manager becoming his new manager, enjoying life in the big city and the importance of creating momentum in the future. Games…

The defender spent last season with Graham Potter at Brighton & Hove Albion, helping the Seagulls to their best ever Premier League finish of ninth place. He was a key part of Potter’s flexible approach to system and form, deployed in a variety of roles on the left side, and impressed so much he won a summer move to Stamford Bridge.

Potter’s success has also drawn attention and as he prepares for his final league assignment in charge of the Blues, Cucurella has reflected on their meeting sooner than expected.

“It’s strange but that’s football,” said the Spaniard. “I never imagined it and I don’t think he ever imagined that we would be here together, but that’s good.

“The most important thing is that he is a very good coach. He has already done a good job here, the team is very nice and he works well so we have an important person to win games and maintain this team. at a high level.

Cucurella spoke at his official press conference unveiling his and his family’s love for London, even commenting on walking past Stamford Bridge and admiring the unexpected sight of a football stadium in the middle of the town.

During the recent international break, the 24-year-old used his free time to explore the capital and settle in a new environment.

“Last season, every day off with my family, we came to London,” he continued. “We love the city and now we have the opportunity to live here, to stay closer and not too far from the city.

“It’s very good for us because we have a new house and we have a lot of things to prepare so that we can live there.”

Chelsea’s recent record against Wolves was a difficult four games without a win and Cucurella believes the physical and intense style of play exhibited by today’s opponents typifies the robustness of English football.

It was this intensity that hit the full-back early in his Premier League career, although he has adapted and grown more confident over the past 13 months.

“The players are great athletes here and it’s more physical,” he explained. “If you lose the ball in the box, it’s a counterattack. In my first game in the Premier League, I lost the ball on the halfway line and the opponents had a great chance.

“Now I’m older and my style is not just physical. I think I play well with the ball, I see spaces, my mind works faster.

“When I was younger, every time I lost or played badly, the next game I was very nervous, but now if my spirit stays good, I can keep my level high. This is one of the reasons why I have so much more self-confidence.