Graham Potter opens up on Joao Felix’s red card
Potter was left to rue a sloppy challenge from Joao Felix, who was thrust straight into the starting XI after arriving on a short-term loan deal from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.
He is the first Chelsea player to be sent off on his Premier League debut, and the first for any club since Federico Fazio for Tottenham against Manchester City in October 2014.
“It was a forwards’ tackle. There was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red,” Potter told BT Sport of the Portugal international’s lunge on Tete.
“It is another blow for us; the hits keep coming at the moment. [Joao Felix] was really good. You could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us.”
“I think we controlled the game early, won the ball back high, created some opportunities, maybe missed the last pass. We made a couple of mistakes for their goal,” Potter said.
“Second-half I think we responded well and then the red card changes the game. It makes it a little more difficult for us.
“But I thought the application when we went down to 10 was really good. I’m disappointed with the [winning] goal because I think we could do better and that is what cost us.”
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