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Chelsea fullback Cucurella: I never imagined I'd work with Potter again


Marc Cucurella is delighted to be playing for his former Brighton manager Graham Potter at Chelsea.

The defender spent last season with Potter at Brighton & Hove Albion, helping the Seagulls to achieve their highest Premier League finish of ninth.

"It's strange but this is football," said the Spaniard. "I never imagined it and I don't think he ever imagined we would be here together but it's good.

"The most important thing is he's a very good coach. He has already done some good work here, the team is very nice and he works well so we have an important person to win games and to keep this this team on a high level."

Cucurella says he's now adapted to the Premier League.

"The players are big athletes here and it's more physical," he explained to Chelsea's website. "If you lose the ball in the box, it's counter-attack. In my first game in the Premier League, I lost the ball on the halfway line and the opponents had a good chance.

"Now I'm older and my style is not only physical. I think I play good with the ball, I see the spaces, my mind works quicker.

"When I was younger, whenever I lost or played badly, the next game I was very nervous but now, if my mind stays good, I can keep my level high. That is one of the reasons I have a lot more confidence in myself."

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