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Chelsea: Potter gives verdict on Mykhailo Mudryk’s Premier League debut

Mykhailo Mudryk at Chelsea
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The Ukrainian striker joined Chelsea on a big-money move earlier this winter.

Graham Potter is satisfied with Mykhailo Mudryk’s first appearance for Chelsea in their goalless draw against Liverpool. 

The Blues were arguably the better side throughout the uneventful game at Anfield. Potter’s men thought they had scored an early opener through Kai Havertz, but VAR disallowed the goal.

The game marked Mudryk’s first appearance for Chelsea after his £89m move from Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian star came off the bench in the second period and made a decent debut despite failing to find the match-winner for his side.

Speaking after the game, Potter said: “I thought the performance was good

“Happy with the team, happy with the energy in the team, what we tried to do. 

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“Obviously we’re playing against an opponent that is at Anfield always tough. I’m happy with a lot of it, we obviously wanted to win but in the end it’s a clean sheet and a point for us, we move forward.

“I thought first half we were decent, a little bit unlucky not to get the goal [to stand], offside is what it is. But throughout the game I thought we had good energy.

“I thought they started the second half well and we adjusted a couple of things then and got a bit more control in the game, had a couple of chances. So overall it was a positive day apart from the fact we didn’t get the three points.”

Discussing Mudryk’s impact on Chelsea’s attacking rhythm, he added: “He’s not played football for a while, he’s been on a mid-season break. 

“So we had to manage his minutes and he’s still in that phase. But I think you can see his quality. He had a good impact on the game.”

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