Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable victory over AC Milan after former Blues defender Fikayo Tomori received an early red card.
Tomori was sent off for pulling back Mason Mount in the area, with Jorginho converting the penalty.
With a decisive goal against his former team, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang increased the lead.
However, Reece James’ limping off in the second half dealt Chelsea and England a setback.
Graham Potter has managed Chelsea without a loss in his first five games, winning four of them.
With seven points from four games, Chelsea now leads Group E, but the race is still very close, with Red Bull Salzburg on six points and Milan and Dinamo Zagreb each with four.
The Blues dominate at the San Siro 🔵 pic.twitter.com/Rekyx30oZk
— 433 (@433) October 11, 2022
Four in a row for Potter
Only Mount and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga have started each of Chelsea’s five games under Potter.
The second goal also depended heavily on the latter. Jorginho passed the ball to him on the outskirts of the Milan area, and he skillfully laid it off the first time. Raheem Sterling and
Aubameyang were both advancing, as the former deftly stepped aside to allow the latter to lob Ciprian Tatarusanu at his near post.
From then on, Chelsea’s path to only their second competitive victory in 15 attempts on Italian soil was quite simple. The previous success came in November 2003 when Claudio Ranieri’s team defeated Roberto Mancini’s Lazio 4-0.
In the second half, they came the closest to the scoring of the two teams, with Gallagher hitting the post.
It is Potter’s fourth straight victory. Chelsea, last after matchday two, continues a fantastic comeback by taking the lead in Group E after four games.
▪️ Four straight wins in all competitions
▪️ Top of their Champions League group
▪️ 11 goals scored and two conceded
Graham Potter is settling in well with Chelsea 📈 pic.twitter.com/50b72cVnJy
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 11, 2022
Graham Potter: We’re delighted with three points
Graham Potter, the manager of Chelsea, responded to his team’s 2-0 victory over AC Milan, which put the Blues in first place in Group E after Dinamo Zagreb and RB Salzburg drew.
“To come here and win is not uncomplicated, as you can see from the start of the game,” Potter stated in an interview with ChelseaTV.
“We played well overall, despite the tremendous atmosphere and audience. The game’s dynamics are altered by the red card, but we still need to make their 10-men count, which I believe we did.”
“I still believed that 11 v 11 would be sufficient, but the referee has already made his judgement, so we must move forward.”
“In conclusion, we’re happy with the three points, the clean sheet, and the two goals we scored.”
Since joining the team, Aubameyang has scored three goals in four appearances across all competitions. In his previous three games, it was also his third.
Potter stated when asked about the striker’s performance, “We haven’t been doing anything extraordinary.”
“He just started getting fit, had a challenging summer, and grows stronger the more game time he gets. He appears to be having fun playing football and values getting goals.”
The one awful moment from tonight’s win over AC Milan was when Reece James was subbed off with an injury.
Speaking after full-time, Graham potter said he was “hoping” the defender is “ok” – but added that we wouldn’t know for sure for another 24 to 48 hours. That’s a long time for us to sweat.