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  1. Chelsea in need of 'statement win'published at 19:00 4 October

    Will Faulks, Talk Chelsea, external

    Chelsea face AC Milan on Wednesday in a game which will see the new regime face their first big test.

    After two fairly sleepy matches to start Graham Potter's spell as manager, tomorrow sees a whole new level of competition and atmosphere, with a night game at Stamford Bridge with knockout qualification likely resting on the result.

    Milan are riddled by injuries, but they're still reigning Serie A champions and they have looked good this season despite their absences. They will present a huge challenge for Potter's team, who didn't look too impressive at the weekend despite the mini pre-season they were handed by their two postponements last month.

    It will be interesting to see whether the coach sticks with the back four he used at the weekend, or whether we should get used to alternating systems game to game. There's also the question of how he deals with rotation.

    A draw and a narrow win were not the "new manager bounce" we were hoping for and, while this is a long-term project, it still will need early momentum if it's ever to get off the ground.

    A statement win tomorrow night would be the perfect start.

  2. Potter 'in no rush' to pick number onepublished at 16:36 4 October

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    Graham Potter says he is in no rush to establish who is his number one goalkeeper at Chelsea.

    Edouard Mendy has been sidelined with a knee injury, meaning Kepa Arrizabalaga has played both games under Potter so far.

    In his pre-match Champions League conference, the Chelsea boss confirmed Mendy has returned to training and will be in his squad to face AC Milan on Wednesday.

    When asked if he plans to decide anytime soon who is his number one, Potter said: "I think if you look at what we have got over the next six weeks, it’s an incredible schedule.

    "I’m in no rush to label anybody one or two or anything like that. Firstly I want to help Kepa enjoy his football and play at a really good level, which I think he did against Crystal Palace. Then I want to help Edy get fit and ready to play, which he has done really well so far.

    "In an ideal world you want football to decide, but we have two we really believe in and that’s a good situation for us.

    "Edy has been training with the team the last few days so he will be in the squad which is good news for us because we need as much competition for places."

  3. 'I'm easy, I know my time will come'published at 16:17 4 October

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    Kalidou Koulibaly says adapting to new Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has been difficult, but he isn't concerned by his lack of minutes.

    The defender has yet to feature under Potter, but says his "time will come".

    "We know when we change trainer it is tough for the group and the players," said the Senegal centre-back.

    "Mr Potter came with his ideas, and he has spoken with us and what he wants on and off the pitch. This is the most important because he gives the rules and some players give the rules.

    "We will keep working to give everything he wants on the pitch. It's a bit tough but that's the beauty of football.

    "It's true that I didn't play yet with the new manager - but I'm easy, I know my time will come because we have a lot of games.

    "I am a big worker and when I don't play, I like to put all my energy into the work. I am trying to show my best in training so I can get on the pitch."

  4. Potter on Kante, Champions League and Giroud's returnpublished at 15:26 4 October

    Graham Potter has been speaking to the media before Wednesday's Champions League game against AC Milan.

    Here are the key lines from the Chelsea boss:

    • Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has been training for the past few days and will be in the squad.

    • Jorginho and Kai Havertz "felt some discomfort" against Crystal Palace but both trained on Tuesday.

    • On N'Golo Kante, he said: "He is training more and more - not fully, but getting closer, so that's really positive. It’s just a case of building him up. We have to be careful how we build his minutes up."

    • When asked about the club being linked with RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku and fellow forward Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United Potter said: "I will only speak about Chelsea players and not anyone else."

    • The Blues boss was asked what he learned from his first Champions League game: "It’s as I expect. It’s a real challenge if you drop your level."

    • He spoke about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's traumatic summer, during which he was the victim of a violent robbery at his home near Barcelona, and said: "The best thing for him is to play football, to put that incident behind him as quickly as possible."

    • On AC Milan, he said: "They are a top team. It's a massive challenge for us and an exciting challenge."

    • On Olivier Giroud's return to Stamford Bridge, he said: "He is someone Chelsea know very well. He is a fantastic player and plays the game in a really good way, using his quality and strengths."

  5. Chelsea v AC Milan: The pick of the statspublished at 15:05 4 October

    • This is the first time Chelsea and AC Milan have met in the Champions League since the 1999-2000 first group stage, when both games ended in draws.

    • Chelsea boss Graham Potter will be just the third English manager to face Milan in the competition, after Sir Bobby Robson with Porto in 1993-94 and Harry Redknapp with Tottenham in 2010-11.

    • Raheem Sterling scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea in their game against Red Bull Salzburdg. He could become only the second Blues player to score in his first two home matches in the competition, along with Oscar in 2012-13.

    • Chelsea’s Reece James has been involved in 13 sequences of play that ended in a shot in the first two Champions League matchdays this season. Manchester City's Joao Cancelo (16) is the only full-back to be involved in more.

  6. This week's live football commentariespublished at 10:58 4 October

    The Champions League returns this week and there is plenty of Premier League to look forward to at the weekend. BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra will have you covered.

    Tuesday, 4 October

    • Liverpool v Rangers (20:00)

    Wednesday, 5 October

    • Chelsea v A.C. Milan (20:00)

    Saturday, 8 October

    • Chelsea v Wolves (15:00)

    • Brighton v Tottenham (17:30)

    Sunday, 9 October

    • West Ham v Fulham (14:00)

    • Crystal Palace v Leeds (14:00 - Sports Extra)

    • Arsenal v Liverpool (16:30)

    All times are BST

  7. Transfer news: Blues in talks over RB Leipzig duopublished at 07:35 4 October

    Chelsea are in talks with RB Leipzig about signing France forward Christopher Nkunku, 24, and 20-year-old Croatia centre-back Josko Gvardiol. (90 Min), external

    The Blues are also monitoring Arsenal's 21-year-old Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli. (Mail), external

    Meanwhile, the club will also assess their goalkeeping situation over the coming months, with Edouard Mendy yet to sign a new contract. (Telegraph - subscription required), external

    Want more transfer news? Read Tuesday's full gossip column

  8. 'Superb' Silva in Garth's team of the weekpublished at 17:11 3 October

    There was plenty of controversy surrounding Thiago Silva's handball against Crystal Palace, but he still made it into Garth Crooks' team of the week.

    "I'm inclined to agree that Thiago Siva was lucky to stay on the pitch. The last man in defence rule was designed to stop the cynical foul and yet referee Chris Kavanagh elected to leave the Chelsea defender on the pitch regardless of his deliberate handball.

    "However, when players make a late challenge in a desperate attempt to win the ball but are beaten due to the speed or ingenuity of the opponent, no latitude is often given. While Wesley Fofana is still finding his feet at Chelsea, and Kalidou Koulibaly is trying to come to terms with Premier League football, Silva is holding the fort. His header to set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's equaliser was superb."

    Find out who else made Garth's team of the week here

  9. Your thoughts on Saturday's gamepublished at 12:30 3 October

    We asked for your post-match reaction after Saturday's game at Selhurst Park.

    Here are some of your thoughts:

    Crystal Palace fans

    Evan: I think we played some nice attacking football against a tough Chelsea team. However, the handball incident was very clear, Thiago Silva should have been sent off.

    Derrick: This was yet another display of Crystal Palace stepping off the pedal, as we just stopped pressing and attacking them. Odsonne Edouard was the only player on the pitch who looked like scoring. He also made many opportunities, displaying to all that he should be in the starting XI each week. Injuries didn't help but should have stopped their press.

    Brian: We must not be distracted by the handball incident. The team held their own for 90 minutes against a side which will be in Europe. Chelsea were lucky and the most important thing about the match was the loss of Nathaniel Clyne and the pressure that brought on the whole set-up. Good to see Joel Tomkins back and Joachim Andersen was missed in defence. Move on.

    Chelsea fans

    Jared: Chelsea were really, really lucky and though it's early I have very little faith in Graham Potter. I feel he is out of his depth and the team are not gelling at all. We should be beating teams like Palace comfortably but at the moment we are scrapping by and look like dropping out of Champions League. Sad times ahead I think.

    Ron: While there were some encouraging individual performances against Palace, overall the same problems persist. We cannot score and we are too vulnerable at the back. Wesley Fofana and Kalidou Koulibaly are a poor replacement to Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, although Fofana is still young and could make the grade down the track.

  10. Transfer news: Chelsea give Nkunku medicalpublished at 07:42 3 October

    Chelsea wanted to keep news that Christopher Nkunku had already had a medical with the club a secret as they have yet to agree a fee with RB Leipzig for the 24-year-old France forward. (Fabrizio Romano), external

    Chelsea are set to compete with Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain for the signing of Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic. (Il Bianconero - in Italian), external

    Want more transfer news? Read Monday's full gossip column

  11. Analysis: Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelseapublished at 18:19 1 October

    Matt Gault, BBC Sport

    Graham Potter's first Premier League game in charge of Chelsea ended in victory - but it was not without moments of discomfort for the new boss.

    Chelsea were up against it from the seventh minute when Odsonne Edouard put Crystal Palace ahead at Selhurst Park.

    However, Potter will have been pleased by his side's response as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang levelled after 38 minutes with Mason Mount and Raheem Sterling having earlier passed up chances to score.

    By half-time Palace were furious with Thiago Silva escaping a red card for a deliberate handball before going on to set up Aubameyang's equaliser.

    And while Palace will be frustrated by how the game panned out, Chelsea will most certainly feel elation - and a hint of relief.

    With Aubameyang already having scored his first goal for the club, Conor Gallagher came off the bench to open his Blues account in spectacular fashion, netting a 90th-minute winner.

    Gallagher starred for Palace on loan last season but Chelsea supporters will be delighted to see the 22-year-old up and running under Potter.

    It wasn't all good for Chelsea, of course. They looked shaky at the back in the first half, but three points ultimately gives them some much-needed momentum at the start of a hectic month.

  12. 'Written in the stars' - Gallagherpublished at 17:36 1 October

    Chelsea midfielder Conor Gallagher, who scored his first goal for the Blues against his former side Crystal Palace, speaking to Match of the Day, said: "It's a very special moment to come on and get the winner and my first goal for Chelsea.

    "It was written in the stars. Unfortunately it came against Palace but I'm just buzzing to get my first goal.

    "Everyone knows how much I loved it here [at Palace] and I thank the whole club and the fans - even today with the reception they gave me.

    "Hopefully I can build a bit of confidence with the goal and push on. I want to work as hard as I can for him [manager Graham Potter] and be available wherever he needs me, whether starting or coming off the bench.

    "Obviously I want to start and I need to show him I'm good enough."

  13. Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea: What Potter saidpublished at 17:26 1 October

    Chelsea manager Graham Potter: "We're delighted with the result. It's a tough place to come. I thought we started quite well but conceded from the first action into the box.

    "Credit to the boys, they recovered well and did not let their heads go down. It was nice to get an equaliser and get back in the game.

    "We had to survive moments as they are a good side with dangerous players. To be a goal down and come away with three points is fantastic so credit to the players.

    "There's character, that's for sure. They could've felt sorry for themselves after conceding the goal but the players stood up all the way through.

    "There was a collective spirit among the players. We are delighted with the three points."

    On whether Thiago Silva could have been sent off: "I thought it was touch and go. The fact he was quite far from the goal saved him and it could've gone the other way.

    "It's a close one, I can understand Patrick's [Vieira] frustration. It's a 50-50 one."