Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes that finishing in the top four and winning the domestic cup would be considered a “successful” first season for manager Graham Potter.
While the Dutchman believes the Blues have a squad capable of going far in the Champions League, he believes Potter should set more modest goals:
Have they got a squad to get in the top four and compete for an FA Cup, or get far in the Champions League? Yes. Are they going to win the Champions League? They’re not favourites, I don’t think that they are. But a successful season would be finishing in the top four and winning a cup this year.”
Securing Champions League qualification will be difficult as well, given that the rest of the ‘Big Six’ all appear to be in good form this season, so Hasselbaink is correct in claiming that finishing in the top four would be a good achievement.
Hasselbaink’s assessment is accurate. Taking over a team in the middle of the season is difficult, but fans will be looking for signs that the club is heading in the right direction under Potter.
Although winning the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup will not have supporters screaming from the rooftops, it will show signs of progress.
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